JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin lauds China infrastructure initiative, warming ties” – AP

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“… Putin praised China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative … underscoring warming ties between the neighboring powers. Putin’s comments … to a forum in Beijing appeared to downplay the potential for tensions between China and Russia. … [and] reflect Beijing and Moscow’s shared resistance to U.S. global influence. The Belt and Road is rapidly expanding China’s economic footprint in Central Asia, Moscow’s traditional sphere of influence. … the navies of the two countries will start several days of joint drills next week. … Putin told three-dozen leaders … that the Belt and Road is ‘intended to strengthen the creative cooperation of the states of Eurasia.’ …”

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