The Chinese President Xi Jinping met Vladimir Putin in Beijing just three weeks ago, just before the official opening of the Winter Olympics.
It was the Chinese president’s first face-to-face meeting with a world leader in nearly two years – and a chance for Mr Putin to show off his ties with China at a time of growing tensions with the West.
We speak to Victor Gao, who is vice president of the Centre for China and Globalisation in Beijing. He previously worked closely with former Chinese leader, Deng Xiaoping. We begub by asking him what he thought of Russia’s activities in eastern Ukraine.