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Attired in the traditional dress of the host country - customary at

the annual APEC Summit, Russia President Putin is greeted by the

first lady of China Peng Liyuan and China President Xi Jingping.

 

 

Xi and Putin: United in the Face of Western Critics (Le Figaro, France)

 

"According to a survey by Touch Today, after the annexation of the Crimea in March Putin's popularity ratings in China reached a level of 92 percent. ... Perhaps the Chinese are reassured to see that 'Xi Dada' or the 'Xi the Great,' isn't the only great power leader to worry the world. Like Putin, he is proficient in the cult of personality and cultivates authoritarianism to rule with an iron rod. ... They are united in their rejection of Western values advocating democracy, liberty and human rights, and support each other in the face of critics of a world dead set against the transgressions that result from their ambitions."

 

By Patrick Saint-Paul

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Translated By Martyn Fogg

 

November 11, 2014

 

France Le Figaro Original Article (French)

Kouzia, the Siberian tiger reintroduced into its natural habitat by Vladimir Putin, is still running around somewhere in the steppes of Mongolia. But in the Peoples Republic, Russia's top cat has become a source of national interest since it crossed the Amour River [between Russia and China]. Beijing is tracking it. A pariah in some parts of the world since the Ukrainian conflict, Vladimir Putin arouses admiration in the People's Republic, where everything surrounding him inspires curiosity. Arriving in Beijing on Sunday for the APEC Summit, trade bloc of the Asia-Pacific, he and the Chinese president form a dynamic duo.

 

The Russian president met China's number one for the tenth time since the latter took office at the beginning of 2013 - much more than any other head of state. For his part, Xi Jinping chose Moscow last year for his first trip abroad as president. And it is again Russia that had the honor of his first trip in 2014. His relationship with the Kremlin chief is a priority. "I have the impression that we always treat each other as friends and open-heartedly," Xi is said to have confided to Putin during a meeting. "Our characters are similar."

 

Standing together in the face of critics

 

Biographies devoted to "Putin the Great," as he is nicknamed, are bestsellers in China. According to the Pew Research Center, the People's Republic is one of the few countries in which support for Russia has risen since Moscow's confrontation with the West over Ukraine, increasing from 47 percent to 66 percent. According to a survey by Touch Today, a Web site belonging to the Tencent Group, after the annexation of the Crimea in March Putin's popularity ratings in China reached a level of 92 percent.

 

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At an entertainment event on the sidelines of the APEC Summit, President

Obama is seated next to China President Xi, Xi's wife Peng Liyuan, and Russia

President Putin. A few minutes earlier, Putin created a sensation by seeming

to make a pass at China's first lady, when he put a coat around her shoulders.

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"Putin's personality is impressive, both as a man and a leader," stresses Zhao Huasheng, expert in Sino-Russian relations at Fudan University in Shanghai. "He defends the interests of Russia. The Chinese are attracted by that."

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Perhaps the Chinese are reassured to see that "Xi Dada" or the "Xi the Great," isn't the only great power leader to worry the world. Like Putin, he is proficient in the cult of personality and cultivates authoritarianism to rule with an iron rod. Both have nostalgia for the past "grandeur" of the nations and wish to bring about their revival. They are united in their rejection of Western values advocating democracy, liberty and human rights, and support each other in the face of critics of a world dead set against the transgressions that result from their ambitions.

 

China and Russia have drawn closer as the gap widened between Moscow and Western nations. By commandeering Crimea, supporting separatist rebels in Ukraine, suppressing homosexual "propaganda" or hounding its opponents, Putin's regime has ruffled the United States and the countries of the European Union - but not China. Regularly questioned by the West on human rights, for its part, Beijing is at odds with its neighbors by reason of its maritime ambitions and has again found itself under fire from critics for having adopted laws to nip in the bud any opposition candidate for Hong Kong's 2017 elections.

 

 

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