Xi and Putin arrive in Uzbekistan for summit

STORY: Chinese President Xi Jinping received a welcome ceremony on Thursday (September 15) ahead of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The SCO summit is taking place in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand this year.

Xi is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit.

On Friday, Putin is set to meet the leaders of Azerbaijan, India and Turkey, it added in a statement.

Putin and Xi plan to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan at the meeting, which the Kremlin says holds "special significance" given the geopolitical situation.

Separately, the Uzbek government said Putin would also meet Iranian, Kyrgyz, Pakistani, Turkmen and Uzbek leaders.