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tions Research Institute, said that against the backdrop of growing globa
l discord, Xi’s visit demonstrates the strategic relationship of the two countries.
During Xi’s visit, the two leaders will attend a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilater
al ties, which will include the official opening ceremony of a panda facility at Moscow Zoo, Zhang said. A pair of gia
nt pandas were delivered to Moscow Zoo in April for research cooperation.
St. Petersburg State University, Putin’s alma mater, will award Xi an h
onorary doctorate during the visit, Zhang said. P
utin was granted the same honor by Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, in April.