Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin

Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 6:32 pm (UTC+0)
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Chinese President Xi is happy to let Russian President Vladimir Putin take the lead on police work in Central Asia. Russia is bolstering Tajikistan's southern border in preparation of the pullout of NATO troops from Tajikistan: Photo: AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22, 2013. Russia is Xi Jinping’s first foreign destination as China’s president. Xi’s talks with Putin on Friday are set to focus on oil and gas as China seeks to secure new energy resources to fuel its growing economy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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