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Xi Jinping doubles down on his Putin bet. “I have a similar personality to yours.”

By Lingling Wei and Marcus Walker

14 Dec 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

China’s leader has publicly distanced himself from Putin of late. But behind the scenes, he’s pushing to “cement cooperation” and establish stronger economic ties. The WSJ has a fascinating report.

China’s leader Xi Jinping has in recent months tried to put public distance between Beijing and Moscow as Russia has suffered defeats in its war on Ukraine.

Behind the diplomatic appearances, however, Mr. Xi is deepening his long-term bet on Russia.

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