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International relations

Xi wins Putin's backing on Taiwan, plays peacemaker on Ukraine

Moscow 'firmly supports' Beijing in safeguarding its territorial integrity

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a reception at the Kremlin on March 21. (Kremlin via Reuters)

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping took home a major diplomatic prize during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, walking away with a statement of support on Taiwan while seeking to portray himself as a mediator on Ukraine.

After the three-day visit to Russia, Xi returned to China on Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Xi spent about 10 total hours with Putin during the trip, including informal talks, a Monday state dinner and the official summit on Tuesday.

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