Putin celebrates close friend China prez Xi’s 66th birthday, gifts ice cream

Putin celebrates close friend China prez Xi’s 66th birthday, gifts ice cream

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping celebrated his 66th birthday on Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Xi considers a close friend and who gave Xi ice cream as a present, Chinese state media reported. The discussion of senior leaders' private lives is extremely rare in China, and the exact birth dates of most of them are not revealed publicly, as they are considered a state secret. The Russian president described the gift as a sign of deepening trust and respect between the two powers.

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