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Chief of Russian General Staff discusses regional security with Chinese colleague

August 27, 2014, 15:44 UTC+3 BEIJING
The Chinese officials noted the importance of the Russian military delegation’s visit to China
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Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov

Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov

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BEIJING, August 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov held talks on Wednesday with China’s Chief of the General Staff Colonel General Fang Fenghui and Colonel General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China.

Gerasimov said at talks with the Chinese General Staff chief that constructive mutually beneficial relations between Russia and China are an important factor of international security and strengthening world stability. “We attach major importance to the development of military ties with China,” he said. “Russia highly assesses the level of the two defense agencies’ interaction, which is very important today,” Gerasimov added.

The General Staff chiefs also discussed regional security issues. “The region’s military-political situation is characterized by high dynamics and controversy of developments. On the one hand, the general interest towards new forms of political and economic interaction is growing, and on the other hand - political tension exists in the region,” Gerasimov said.

During the second meeting, the vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission and the Russian General Staff chief shared their views on the military-political situation and exchanged views on approaches to the organization of combat training of the two countries’ armies.

The Chinese officials noted the importance of the Russian military delegation’s visit to China. “Russia is our reliable neighbor and partner. Our relations are profound,” Fang Fenghui said.

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