The two presidents familiarised themselves with exhibits from various provinces of China – a stone panel with a painting made with the use of a special dot-by-dot carving technique, superfine woodcarving samples and dragon sculptures.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping also exchanged gifts. The President of China presented Mr Putin with a sculpture of a Chinese warrior dressed in traditional costume and a handmade desk with a saying wishing prosperity written on it in Chinese calligraphy. The Russian President presented Mr Xi Jinping with an amber painting of a sailing ship and desk lamps made of nephrite.
After visiting the exhibition, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping continued their exchange of opinions on key bilateral and international issues over a working dinner.