Russian President Vladimir Putin puts his hand on his cheek during a signing ceremony with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The leaders of Russia and China met Tuesday to foster an evolving partnership that has counterbalanced U.S. influence and shielded Syria from international moves to halt its crackdown on a 15-month uprising. (AP Photo/Mark Ralston, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin puts his hand on his cheek during a signing ceremony with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The leaders of Russia and China met Tuesday to foster an evolving partnership that has counterbalanced U.S. influence and shielded Syria from international moves to halt its crackdown on a 15-month uprising. (AP Photo/Mark Ralston, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin puts his hand on his cheek during a signing ceremony with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The leaders of Russia and China met Tuesday to foster an evolving partnership that has counterbalanced U.S. influence and shielded Syria from international moves to halt its crackdown on a 15-month uprising. (AP Photo/Mark Ralston, Pool)
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