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Asia Leaders Join Sochi As Obama, Others Stay Away

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February 07, 2014 AT 8:36 AM
When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics, he wasn't exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed. Unlike President Barack Obama, who declined to attend the Sochi Olympics, the leaders of China and Japan — the world's second and third largest economies — are attending. Both say they hope their visits will boost relations with Moscow.