Russia’s Putin arrives in Beijing to meet President Xi, attend Belt and Road Forum

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a widely watched trip aimed at showcasing the deep mutual trust and “no-limits” partnership between China and its giant neighbor.

Putin and his entourage flew into the Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday morning, in the Kremlin chief’s first official trip outside of the former Soviet Union this year.

Putin has traveled little abroad since the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for him in March, accusing him of illegally deporting children from Ukraine.

Xi last saw his ‘dear friend’ in Moscow just days after the warrant was issued. At the time, Xi invited Putin to attend the third Belt and Road forum in Beijing, an international cooperation forum championed by the Chinese leader. Putin will meet with Xi on Wednesday.