Global Affairs

Why the Xi-Putin bromance bears watching

The relationship is growing warmer and Russia's value is rising as both countries find common cause against the United States

LONDON • They are busy heads of state with hectic schedules, yet they still found time to meet no less than three times last month alone. They attend each other's birthday parties and, when they do meet, they often act like adorable little children, treating themselves to dollops of ice cream.

The bond between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin was again on display in Japan at the weekend, during the Group of 20 Summit of the world's biggest economies - the two were inseparable, beaming broadly across the negotiating table, holding hands or patting each other on the back.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2019, with the headline 'Why the Xi-Putin bromance bears watching'. Print Edition | Subscribe