Vladimir Putin visited Tianjin 2018-06-08 16:15:00 Tianjin Vladimir Putin and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping watched a hockey game between the two countries’ youth teams. Russia was represented by the Devon team from Bashkiria. Before the game, the two leaders took the ice, spoke to players and participated in a ceremonial face-off, and then watched the first period from the stands. The teams also presented their jerseys to the Russian and Chinese presidents prior to the game. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping arrived in Tianjin on a high-speed train. During the ride, in the presence of the Russian and Chinese leaders, the heads of Russian Railways and China Railway Corporation signed a memorandum on organising rapid and high-speed trans-border rail freight transit on the China-Russia-Europe route. The day before, during Direct Line, the Russian President said he would take a Chinese high-speed train and would be able to appreciate China’s achievements in this area. The President stressed that he planned to discuss the implementation of the joint project to build a high-speed rail line between Moscow and Kazan with Russia’s Chinese partners. During a reception hosted on behalf of the Chinese President in the Tianjin Government Reception House, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping cooked and tasted traditional Chinese dishes. The President of Russia personally cooked Goubuli buns, which are similar to dumplings, and also tasted paper-thin Tianjin pancakes filled with meat and vegetables.