Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 8, 2018. Greg Baker/Pool/via REUTERS
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Cooperation between Russia and China is at an all-time high, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Friday, underscoring how pressure from the West has magnified Beijing's political and economic importance to Moscow.They have "resolutely supported the other's core interests ... and jointly proactively participated in international affairs and global governance," Xi said.Following their talks, Xi presented Putin with China's newly created Friendship Medal at an elaborate ceremony. Russia and China have responded to the U.S. national security strategy describing them as America's top adversaries by vowing to further expand their economic, political and military cooperation.Putin's visit comes just a month since he began his new term in office. He and Xi have met 25 times – five times last year alone, according to Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov.
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