President Putin Shows Off Musical Talent on Piano in China

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Russian state television showed President Vladimir Putin playing the piano in Beijing on Sunday. Putin tried his hand at the anthems of Moscow and his native St. Petersburg, while he waited to hold talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

He was in Beijing for the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a $1 trillion plan for infrastructure and economic development in some 60 countries. And while waiting at a state guesthouse for China’s president, Xi Jinping, Mr. Putin sat down at a grand piano and played two tunes: “Evening Song,” by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi, and “Moscow Windows,” by Tikhon Khrennikov.

Both songs are from the late 1950s, when Mr. Putin, 64, was a child and the Soviet Union was emerging from the shadow of Stalin, who died in 1953.

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After speaking at the summit in on Sunday, Putin headed to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at his residence.Putin is habitually late for meetings, but this time he was the one who was made to wait, Russian news agencies said.

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