China, Russia agree to strengthen defense ties

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China and Russia have reached a consensus to further strengthen defense cooperation during a Sunday meeting between Chinese and Russian defense ministers.

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan (2nd Left) meets with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu (1st Left) on Sunday in Moscow.

That bilateral defense cooperation is a key part of China-Russia relations, said Chang Wanquan, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister.

Chang said wide-ranging and multi-layer defense cooperation has become a pivot of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership through joint efforts.

Currently, both sides should work hard to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and strengthen military-to-military exchanges and cooperation, said the Chinese minister.

China is ready to work with Russia to tap the potentials and expand the scope of bilateral defense cooperation, so as to lift it to a new level, Chang said.

He cited several key areas in the promotion of pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces, including high-level contact, strategic negotiation, joint exercise and personnel exchange.

Chang also pointed out that the just-concluded state visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping has injected new impetus into the two countries' strategic partnership.

"Given the complex international scenario today, China-Russia strategic cooperation and coordination will not only benefit the two peoples, but also help promote world peace and stability," he observed.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu hailed the "unprecedented high level" of the Russia-China strategic partnership. The consensus reached by the top leaders has shown the direction of future development of bilateral ties, he noted.

Russia attaches great importance to mutually beneficial cooperation with China, and is satisfied with the fruitful military exchanges between the two sides, the minister said.

Russia is willing to strengthen coordination with China and further push forward defense cooperation between the two countries, he added.


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