Russian President Vladimir Putin started a visit to China Tuesday aimed at bolstering a crucial alliance, with foreign policy to the fore as the neighbors seek to block action against Syria.
Mr. Putin will also meet the presidents of Iran and Afghanistan as part of a regional summit during the three-day visit, his first to Asia since starting an historic third term last month.
But the growing international pressure for action on Syria–a Soviet-era ally that Moscow still supplies with arms–is expected to dominate.
Beijing and Moscow have walked in lockstep on Syria to the anger of Arab and Western nations, with EU president Herman Van Rompuy telling Mr. Putin in Russia on Monday that world powers needed to “find common messages on which we agree.” …. http://www.foxbusiness.com