Chinese leader bolsters Russian ties on first foreign trip

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By Alexei Anishchuk and Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of relations with Russia as a counterweight to U.S. influence by visiting Moscow on his first foreign trip as president, and secured more oil to fuel China's growing economy. Although relations between Moscow and Beijing have rarely been smooth, they have improved in the past decade and Xi highlighted this by signing energy, trade and political deals on Friday to strengthen ties between them. Russian President Vladimir Putin has long sought to blunt U.S. ...