Opinion: The importance of manners in the East

A small episode recently has shown that Russian President Vladimir Putin feels like he is a know-it-all who can ignore his advisory team. It happened in Beijing during the fireworks show for the APEC summit participants.
Vladimiras Putinas, Peng Liyuan
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