Energy, aerospace supplies and foreign policy topics including Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan will be the focus of an upcoming meeting between Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The Russian president will be accompanied by, among others, Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft – although there is still no information on whether a possible acquisition of shares in the Russian energy company on the part of Chinese companies will be discussed during the talks. As for aerospace, on the other hand, the two nations are exploring the possibility of developing a new aircraft as well as a military helicopter. The meeting between the two heads of state is also significant in terms of their respective positions toward the European Union and the West generally. Russia, for its part, is attempting to contain the effects of economic sanctions, while China is seeking an ally in its territorial disputes in the South China Sea.