Updated 8:44 AM EDT, Wed, Aug 18, 2021

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Xi says Security Cooperation with Russia is Vital

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(Photo : Getty Images) Xi and Putin.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasized the urgency and importance of efficiently implementing security cooperation with Russia.

Xi urged Russia to fully exploit the existing cooperation mechanism to further enhance security consultation and exchange. He said he and Putin reached important consensus on enhancing bilateral cooperation when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin less than two weeks ago in Hangzhou during the G20 Summit.

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China treated Putin as the first among equals during the summit to emphasize the importance it places on improving military and economic ties with Russia.

"Both of us agreed that China and Russia need to strengthen mutual support on major issues and consolidate political mutual trust," Xi told Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF).

SCRF is a consultative body of the Russian President that implements the President's decisions on national security affairs. It also draws up crucial documents defining conceptual approaches to national security.

Patrushev was in Beijing attending the 12th round of bilateral strategic and security consultations, and the third meeting of the China-Russia law enforcement and security cooperation mechanism.

Xi noted both countries need to safeguard world peace and stability, and international equity and justice no matter how the international situation or the external environment changes.

Patrushev said China and Russia are important stable factors in international affairs since both countries conduct close communication on major global and regional security issues, as well as in multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.

He said Russia attaches great importance to China's Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to work with China to boost strategic coordination and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Xi called for doing a good job in integrating China's Belt and Road Initiative with Russia's Eurasian Economic Union, and strengthening coordination in international and regional affairs.

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Xi and Putin pledged to deepen their strategic cooperation and staunchly support each other's national sovereignty and security, according to Chinese media. Both autocrats also promised more coordination in international and regional affairs.

Xi said he and Putin should strengthen pragmatic cooperation in infrastructure, energy, aviation, aerospace and advanced technology. In August, Xi Jinping called on Russia to join China in forming a "New World Order" dominated by both countries. Xi expects to realize this New World Order in the next 10 years.

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