Xi leaves China for first time since Covid to meet Putin

Xi Jinping will leave China this week for the first time in more than two years for a trip to Central Asia where he will meet Vladimir Putin just a month before Xi is poised to cement his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. The trip, his first abroad since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, shows just how confident Xi is about his grip on power in China.