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China gives Putin friendship medal

 Chinese President Jinping congratulates Russian President Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal
Chinese President Jinping congratulates Russian President Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri - Pool/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a state visit to China, which will include attending the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, June 9-10.

What we're hearing: Chinese President Xi Jinping awarded Putin the inaugural friendship medal of the People's Republic of China, and praised his "contribution and efforts to building a peaceful world."