"Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered," China's new leader, Xi Jinping, told a closed meeting of party elite in Guangdong province.
"On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it's important for him (Putin) to give me space. ... This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility."