Before his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, it was rare sight to see the Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting down to play the piano on Sunday. Putin, who is known for his outdoor, rather muscle-flexing skills, showed off his softer side while he was waiting to meet Jinping at his residence. Putin is currently in Beijing on a state visit to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that is aimed that reviving the ancient Silk Road.
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As per the Associated Press, Putin attended a summit in the morning and then headed to meet Jinping. While waiting for the Chinese President, Putin played some songs on his piano. The Russian state television showed the excerpts of two of the tunes he played. These were – ‘Moscow Windows’ and ‘City on the Free Neva’ that are both Soviet classics. This is not for the first time that the Russian president has demonstrated his musical skills. In 2010, he took the stage at a charity concert with a jazz band to play and sing ‘Blueberry Hills.’ Not just this, but Putin is also fond of sea diving and hunting. He has recently showcased his skills on the ice during an annual exhibition for his amateur hockey league.
Putin was in Beijing to attend the ‘One Belt, One Road’ summit on the modern Silk Road which was introduced by Xi in 2013. It is one of Jinping’s signature foreign policy efforts and China reportedly plans to ask heads of state to sign a joint agreement to endorse its economic and diplomatic positions. The Russian President was one of the few world leaders who actually chose to attend the summit. As per a report by Quartz, only 20 countries affected by the One Belt, One Road initiative had sent their heads of state to the summit.