The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to take place next week in Moscow. It will be the first visit by Xi to Russia since the 2014 invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.
The visit is seen as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the two countries amid growing tensions between China and the United States. It will also mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation, which established a formal partnership between the two countries.
The visit is also likely to be used by both leaders to discuss the growing security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, including the dispute in the South China Sea and the Korean nuclear crisis. The two leaders are also expected to sign a number of economic agreements aimed at boosting trade and investment between the two countries.