President Xi Jinping confers upon Vladimir Putin ‘highest state honour of China’

By: PTI | Beijing |
Published: June 8, 2018 8:31:54 pm

On his 19th visit to China after his recent re-election, Putin held talks with Xi while on his way to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting at Qingdao on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

President Xi Jinping on Friday awarded China’s first friendship medal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as the two leaders firmed up their alliance amid mounting US diplomatic and economic pressure on them.

Xi presented the medal described by the official media as the “highest state honour of China” at a special ceremony at the Great Hall of People during which he expressed his respect and admiration for Putin’s contributions and efforts to building a peaceful world.

Last year Putin awarded Xi the Order of St Andrew for his distinguished…

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