INTERNATIONAL

Russian PM Meets Chinese Premier Li In Beijing

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attended a welcome ceremony in Beijing.

The two then attended a bilateral meeting where both leaders vowed to continue to strengthen Russian-Chinese relations.

Relations between Moscow and Beijing have long been marked by mutual wariness with Russian nationalists warning of encroaching Chinese influence in the country's mineral-rich far East.

but Russia pivoted east towards china after the west sanctioned Moscow over its annexation of Ukraines Crimea region in 2014 and trade links between the two, who share a land border over 4,200 km long, have blossomed since.

In September the Chinese military took part in Russia's biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union which brought together more than 300 000 troops.