Friendship Between Putin, Xi Becomes Strained As Economies Falter

<p>Russian leader Vladimir V. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping</p>

Russian leader Vladimir V. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

They have met more than a dozen times and stood shoulder to shoulder during Thursday’s military parade here. But the once-vaunted relationship between the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and Russia’s leader, Vladimir V. Putin, has come under strain as the economies of their countries have faltered.

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