President of China Xi Jinping made a friendly gesture to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as he left the Kremlin on his first international trip after getting reelected for the third term, to which Putin nodded and replied, “I agree, dear friend!” Shortly after, Putin walked Xi to his motorcade and wished him a happy road ahead.

TOKYO, March 15: Shared worry about China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region will take center stage when President Joe Biden’s defense chief and secretary of state visit Japan for their first in-person talks with their Japanese counterparts.