Vladimir Putin rolls out the red carpet (and guards on horseback) for visit of President Xi Jinping

China’s new leader began his first overseas trip as president with a much anticipated visit to Russia today – a symbolic trip that underlines China’s desire to ensure its energy supply while showing defiance in the face of US influence in Asia.

A grand reception was held to welcome President Xi Jinping upon his arrival in Moscow, with guards riding on horseback brought out to greet …

via The Cuckoo’s Nest

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