A worker wipes a dog sculpture outside a luxury fashion boutique under construction at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Amid the trade war with the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping is expressing confidence in the resilience of the Chinese economy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is talking up the Chinese economy's resilience as he heads to Moscow for a state visit affirming increasingly close ties between the former Cold War rivals.
In interviews published Wednesday, Xi told Russian journalists Chinese consumer demand is driving growth despite the trade war with the United States.
The trip to Moscow highlights Beijing's efforts to drum up support both at home and abroad as the President Donald Trump's administration pushes China to do more to redress a huge perennial trade surplus and end policies that U.S. and other foreign companies and governments say violate Beijing's market-opening commitments.
While Russia has relatively little heft in global trade, Xi can be assured of a friendly audience when he defends China's position in the dispute.