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Putin Calls On China

10/11/2011 03:50 pm ET | Updated Dec 11, 2011

Vladimir Putin’s official visit to Beijing, which began today, may be a pretty contentious one behind closed doors. As they discuss a long-awaited energy deal, which has been stalled over pricing for more ten years and is being negotiated concurrently with the visit, soon-to-be (again) President Putin and outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao will have the two countries' growing competition for high-tech weapons and influence in Central Asia on their minds -– as illustrated last by Russia’s accusations that a Chinese spy had attempted to buy plans for its S-300 missile system, and Putin’s announcement of plans to form a Central Asian version of the European Union.

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