The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in China for a three-day visit aimed at attracting lucrative business with the world’s second largest economy.
Beginning his trip in the north-east, he said Moscow’s ties with Beijing were “sealed by blood” fighting the common enemy, Japan.
The president paid tribute to Russian soldiers killed fighting the Japanese in the last century, and told both Russian and Chinese war veterans the memory of those events was sacred.
But the real purpose of Medvedev’s second trip to China as leader is business.
Russia wants to boost its oil and gas exports, but also diversify its trade.
It could have an uphill struggle. One analyst says Beijing is in no rush to increase investment in Russia beyond paying in advance for energy supplies.