Chinese President Xi Jinping celebrated his 66th birthday on Saturday, June 15, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Xi said he considers a close friend and who gave Xi ice cream as a present.

The discussion of senior leaders' private lives is extremely rare in China, and the exact birth dates of most of them are not revealed publicly, as that information is considered a state secret.

Xi and Putin were seen holding up champagne glasses to toast Xi's birthday at the hotel he is staying at in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, where they are both attending a regional summit. (Reuters)

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