China, Russia Pledge Stronger Military Cooperation
China praised its stronger military ties with the Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, and promised to "strengthen bilateral strategic mutual trust."
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Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a member of the seven-man Politburo Standing Committee that effectively rules China, made these remarks to Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu during the latter's recent official visit to China.
Yu told Gen. Shoigu that China places great importance on its military cooperation with Russia, and noted the military ties between China and Russia ties are at their best in history.
He said the partnership not only benefits both countries, but meets the needs of safeguarding regional and world peace and promoting international justice. Yu also called on the two countries to boost all-round cooperation and jointly work for world peace, stability and development.
For his part Gen. Shoigu said strengthening the strategic partnership of coordination with China is a priority of Russia's foreign policy.
This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation and the 20th anniversary of the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination.
Gen Shoigu also revealed that Russia and China entered into military and technical cooperation contracts worth $3 billion this year.
"We achieved major success in the sphere of military and technical cooperation. We have reached the level of around $3 billion per year in performing various contracts. All of them are implemented as part of mutually beneficial military and technical cooperation," said Gen. Shoigu.
"The sides achieved major agreements and signed a range of documents and deals. I congratulate you on this," said Yu.
"I have heard that the Russian defense minister attaches great importance to developing military and technical cooperation with China and makes huge personal efforts here. I also highly appreciate this," he added.
During his visit, Gen. Shoigu also held talks with Chinese Defense Minister, Colonel General Chang Wanquan about pressing issues related to international and regional security and military cooperation between the two countries.