China President Xi Jinping hosts a welcome banquet in Beijing on Tuesday Oct 17, 2023 evening for guests attending the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. China is to host representatives of 130 countries for a forum on Xiís vast trade and infrastructure project, the belt and road initiative. Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday. The two men last met in March in Moscow.