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SCMP: Xi Jinping expected to visit Moscow to further China-Russia ties, defying impression of split over Ukraine war 

* Moscow says Xi’s visit will be a ‘main event’ on the two countries’ bilateral agenda 

* Russian foreign ministry describes China as ‘a friendly nation in the current circumstances’ 

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected trip to Russia may defy the impression of a widening gap between Beijing and Moscow in the face of the Ukraine War, and is set to further deepen bilateral economic and trade ties, analysts say. 

But they do not think the expected trip will signal changes in China’s stance on the conflict. In a statement late on Monday, Russia’s foreign ministry said Xi’s visit would be a “main event” on the two countries’ bilateral agenda, although Beijing is yet to confirm the trip. 

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Update #1: Xi Jinping to visit Moscow likely around anniversary of Ukraine invasion (The Independent)

Update #2: Russia-China Ties: Xi Jinping Expected To Visit Moscow (HNGN)  

WNU Editor: My friends in China tell me that President Xi will be visiting Moscow later this month.