外文标题：The dragon and the bear: Xi, Putin form power duo at Apec summit
BEIJING: China's authoritarian President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin share similar views on issues from human rights to Mikhail Gorbachev, in an increasingly close personal relationship that mirrors their countries' converging interests.
Putin arrives in Beijing on Sunday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit and his 10th meeting with Xi since the Chinese president took office in March last year, according to the Communist mouthpiece People's Daily.
Their growing rapport comes as their nations' trade, investment and geopolitical interests align.
Moscow faces harsh western criticism and sanctions over its seizure of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as opprobrium for its approach to dissent and homosexuality.
Beijing also has tense relationships over territorial disputes with neighbours such as Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, and has recently been the target of criticism over demands for free elections in Hong Kong.
"The situation is pushing the two countries towards closer ties, both are facing very heavy pressures, Russia in Ukraine and China in Hong Kong," said Vladimir Yevseyev, director of the Moscow-based independent Public Political Studies Center.
BM Man (Australia)
China claims vast areas of Siberia and had a very bl**dy little "war" with Russia at Amor river. What Russia is doing is to create another cold war situation. This time no other country will side Russia, since, China has claims on every bordering country and stupidity in South and East China seas. India will not support Russia because of China and new government's policy will be very pro-India.
macheng45 () replies to BM Man
china and russia border already demarcated. there is no border dispute between two countries. usa is the best friend of china.
samir kumar ()
is vodka must for signing a pact?
Boris Mars ()
Today I read on Russia Today (RT) that Putin is gay, will soon come out of the closet and that he wears women's undies and high heels which his suit and tie hide. Can this really be true? and why did Russia Today (RT) say this?
Why two powerful are remain silent so long from IS menace?
Pallavi Kas ()
That's a weird kind of convergence
Rahul P Sharma (Guess) replies to Pallavi Kas
Why is it weird...?? Both are in the same boat vis-a-vis The Mighty US....!!! Both have indefensible positions shud US turn its focus into the region again...!! Both cant stand a concerted US-EU campaign independently... So that makes them natural allies, under the given circumstance...!!
macheng45 () replies to Rahul P Sharma
partially true, china has little problem with usa and eu. china's main focus is investments and trade. china just buy 400 billon oil and gas from russia.
Birds of a feather. ...