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Xi confers upon Putin 'highest state honour of China'

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today awarded China's first friendship medal to his Russian counterpart as the two leaders firmed up their alliance amid mounting US diplomatic and economic pressure on them.

Xi presented the medal described by the as the "highest state honour of China" at a special ceremony at the during which he expressed his respect and admiration for Putin's contributions and efforts to building a peaceful world.

Last year awarded Xi the Order of for his distinguished service to the peoples of and

The Order of St Andrew, the Apostle of the First-Called was presented to Xi during his visit to

On his 19th visit to after his recent re-election, held talks with Xi while on his way to attend the (SCO) meeting at tomorrow.

and expanded their ties manifold in recent years as Putin is under increasing pressure from the US and Their alliance grew further as US stepped up pressure specially on China both on the trade and North Korean fronts.

Presenting the medal, Xi congratulated Putin on winning the first Friendship Medal, and also expressed his respect and admiration for Putin's contribution and efforts to building a peaceful world, reported.

He called Putin his best sincere friend and most respected in China.

In his interview to state-run CGTN, Putin described Xi as "approachable and sincere" and "a very dependable man to work with".

No matter how international situations change, China and always firmly support each other in defending their respective core interests, deepen cooperation in all areas, jointly and actively participate in global governance, and play a pivotal role in establishing a new type of international relations and building a community with a shared future for humanity, Xi said in his talks with Putin.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 19:30 IST