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China's President Xi Jinping heads to Russia

22 March 2013 Last updated at 08:20 GMT

China's President Xi Jinping is heading to Russia on the initial stop of his first overseas tour.

Mr Xi is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the two likely to discuss energy and investment deals.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Xi said the two countries were "most important strategic partners" who spoke a "common language".

He will also visit Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo on his tour, which continues until 30 March.