China, Russia pledge to enhance military cooperation

Beijing, Nov 23 (IANS) China attaches great importance to military cooperation with Russia and is ready to strengthen bilateral strategic mutual trust, an official said on Wednesday.

Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks when meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in Beijing, Xinhua news agency reported.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation and the 20th anniversary of the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination.

China-Russia ties are at their best in history, said Yu, adding that the partnership not only benefits the two peoples, but meets the needs of safeguarding regional and world peace and promoting international justice.

He called on the two countries to boost all-round cooperation and jointly work for world peace, stability and development.

Shoigu said strengthening the strategic partnership of coordination with China is a priority of Russia’s foreign policy.

The close contact between leaders of the two countries have guaranteed the high-level cooperation between the two countries and the two armed forces, he said.

Russia will actively advance exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese armed forces in accordance with the consensus reached by the two leaders, he added.