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Putin meets Xi in China state visit as Ukraine sees war setback - BBC News Vladimir Putin meets Xi Jinping in China state visit as Ukraine sees war setbacks - BBC News
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Laura Bicker You’re probably familiar wtih Eurovision but have you heard of Intervision
Reporting from Beijing Intervision was a short-lived annual singing contest that ran from the late 1970s to the 1980s that served as the Eastern bloc's answer to the Western-led pop music extravaganza.
As the two leaders meet, Putin will want to know he can rely on trade with China as it has become Russia’s lifeline since Western sanctions were imposed for its invasion of Ukraine. And it looks like it might be making its way back on TV, as Putin declared in an earlier interview with state news outlet Xinhua that he was working on large projects with China, including Intervision.
He told Chinese state media earlier that the relationship between the two countries had reached its "highest level ever". “China is the key partner in this project, which aims to spread and popularise national song schools”, said Putin.
But while Xi will want to stand shoulder to shoulder with Putin to help counter what they see as a US-led world order, he may not be willing to risk US and European sanctions for aiding Russia’s war at a time when China is relying on exports to revive its sluggish economy. Before Putin's statement to Xinhua, the revival of Intervision had been reported by Russia's official news agency TASS, who says that Russia is scheduled to host this year's Intervision music contest, with organisers looking at seven countries to participate.
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