Russian state media: Chinese Xi and Russian Putin will meet in Central Asia next week


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The expected meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders, who have forged a close relationship, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. It will also be Xi’s first overseas trip since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and comes just weeks before a major political meeting in Beijing, where he is expected to break with tradition and assume a third term in power, cementing his role. As the most powerful leader of China in decades. “This summit promises to be interesting, because it will be the...