The Kremlin says China’s leader Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will discuss the war in Ukraine and other “international and regional topics” at their meeting later this week.
Both leaders are scheduled to meet in Uzbekistan at a summit that will show an “alternative” to the Western world.
Mr Xi is making his first trip overseas since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He is seeking a historic third term while Mr Putin’s relations with the West are at rock bottom over Ukraine.
Mr Xi is scheduled to meet Mr Putin on Thursday at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
It is scheduled to run from 15-16 September.