China s heir-apparent pitches Russian alliance

The man widely seen as China’s next leader told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday the world’s two most powerful emerging market economies should help each other increase their weight in global affairs.

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China and Russia say their trade and political relations are better than ever, though senior Russian officials are privately concerned about an increasingly assertive China along Moscow’s vast and largely empty southeastern border.

Vice President Xi Jinping, seen as the frontrunner to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013, told Putin Beijing wanted the power of key developing nations to be recognised.

“We consider that in the process of the deep transformation of the world order, the interests of China, Russia and other developing countries must be taken fully into account,” Xi said. [Read the full article]

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