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People’s Daily: President Xi and President Putin to Meet for Seventh Time in a Year

People’s Daily recently announced that, per the invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China on May 20. This will be the seventh time these two presidents have met since last March. During the visit, the Chinese Navy and the Russian Navy will conduct a joint exercise. Due to the situation in Ukraine, China and Russia will speed up the negotiations on energy deals, while “trade cooperation” will be a primary highlight of the event. It is widely expected that a Russian natural gas supply contract will be signed during Putin’s visit as well as more investment and military deals, although some of them are still being negotiated out of the public’s view. The report expressed the belief that China-Russia cooperation is “deepening.” 
Source: People’s Daily, May 16, 2014