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China’s Xi Gives Putin Large Gold ‘Best Friend’ Necklace

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(Kitco News) - With everyone focused on the G7 meeting in Canada this weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and presented him with China’s gold friendship medal on Friday.

Putin met with Xi in Beijing before attending the weekend summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the port city of Qingdao.

“[President Putin] is my best, most intimate friend,” said Xi prior to presenting the large gold colored chain to the Russian president. “Putin is the leader of a great country who is influential around the world.”

Chinese People’s Daily posted images of the gold necklace on its Twitter account, capturing the live ceremony which was aired on state television.

Prior to formal talks with Putin, Xi called the Russian leader a “good and old friend of the Chinese people.”

During the meeting, the two admired their relationship and oversaw the signing of a joint $1 billion industrial investment fund.

“No matter what fluctuations there are in the international situation, China and Russia have always firmly taken the development of relations as a priority,” Xi told Putin.

Putin also revealed some deals about their personal relationship, saying that he celebrated one of his birthdays with Xi.

Putin described Xi as “approachable and sincere” and said that the two “had some vodka together and carved some sausage.”

“I have never had such a relationship or arrangement with any other foreign colleague,” Putin added.

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