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China and Russia blast protectionism ahead of G-20 summit

Xi and Putin align against 'America First' while jockeying for regional lead

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek.   © Reuters

BISHKEK/BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reaffirmed a stance against protectionism at a meeting of a Eurasian body, presenting a united front on trade ahead of an encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit.

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