Friday, June 16, 2006

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Hu Jintao toast after signing a bank agreement between the two nations after a meeting in Shanghai. Putin took a swipe at the US military presence in central Asia, while defending a regional security group that some critics have seen as a rival to NATO.(AFP/ITAR-TASS/Dimitry Astakhov)

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