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Briefing: Mr. Putin Goes To China

His new best friend. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

Vladimir Putin is off to Beijing this week for talks with his new best friend, Chinese President Xi Jinping. But China hasn't turned out to be the economic savior Russia had hoped for.

On the latest Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss Putin's trip and the Sino-Russian relationship with Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.


Power Vertical Briefing: Mr. Putin Goes To China
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.