Putin meets Xi in China state visit as Ukraine sees war setback

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Video caption: Watch: Red carpet, military band welcome for PutinWatch: Red carpet, military band welcome for Putin

If you watch the video above, you can see just how grand a welcome it was for Mr Putin on the forecourt of the Great Hall of the People.

The two leaders did laps of the red-carpet path and stood side by side under a red-and-yellow fringed awning in the centre during military performances and songs.

Special musical arrangements were made – with the Chinese marching band playing the Red Army choir classic- Moscow Suburban Nights – a waltz-like Soviet song.

Chinese state TV is also reporting that Russian children, as well as Chinese children were included in the welcome crowd. We saw that section of the crowd burst into choreographed cheers when Xi and Putin walked past.

The show was all designed to “show thoughtfulness to the old friend”, Chinese media reported.

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