Chinese language Defence Minister Li Shangfu on Sunday hailed ties with Moscow throughout a gathering with Russian President Vladimir Putin within the Kremlin.
“We’ve very robust ties. They surpass the military-political alliances of the Chilly Conflict period… They’re very steady,” he stated in translated remarks broadcast on Russian TV.
He added that Russia-China ties have “already entered a brand new period”.
“That is my first abroad go to since taking up as China’s defence minister. I particularly selected Russia for this as a way to emphasise the particular nature and strategic significance of our bilateral ties,” Li stated.
Within the assembly additionally attended by Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin welcomed navy cooperation between Russia and China.
“We’re additionally working actively by the navy departments, recurrently change helpful data, cooperate within the discipline of military-technical cooperation, conduct joint workout routines, ” Putin stated.
“That is, undoubtedly, one other essential space that strengthens the solely trusting, strategic nature of our relationships,” he added.
Li’s journey to Russia — that can final till April 19 — comes weeks after an official go to to Moscow of China’s chief Xi Jinping final month.
Throughout two days of talks, Putin and Xi hailed a “new period” of their relationship and mentioned Beijing’s proposals to finish the Ukraine battle.
Moscow and Beijing have over the previous years ramped up cooperation, each pushed by a need to counterbalance US international dominance. Their partnership has solely grown nearer since Putin launched an offensive in Ukraine final February.
China has sought to painting itself as a impartial celebration within the Ukraine battle, however Washington has accused Beijing of mulling arms exports to Moscow — claims China denied.
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