Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing for a regional security summit and talks with Chinese leaders expected to focus on Syria, Iran and energy cooperation.
Putin arrived Tuesday morning and will meet with Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao later in the day. They will then attend a signing ceremony and meet with reporters. They will also attend the annual summit of the six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
The two have defied calls to confront Syria's regime over spiraling violence and oppose further sanctions against Iran over its suspected drive to develop nuclear weapons.
They seek to raise trade to $100 billion by 2015 from $83.5 billion last year, but have long wrangled about the price of gas to be delivered by Siberian pipelines.
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