BEIJING, November 18. /TASS/. Military and military-technical cooperation between Russia and China assumes paramount significance amid the international situation, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, the situation in the region (Asia-Pacific), North Africa and in the whole world is becoming more and more complicated every year. Military and military-technical cooperation between Russia and China assumes special importance,” he said at a meeting with Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang.
He praised the state of and prospects for the development of military-technical cooperation between the two countries. “Today we’ll have an opportunity to talk about all issues of military-technical cooperation. Much of what we discussed during your visit to Moscow last year is being realized,” Shoigu told his Chinese colleague.
“The level of our relations proves that we have no unsolved problems. Our work will be aimed at implementing projects within military-technical cooperation,” he said. Shoigu thanked Xu Qiliang for the warm reception and good preparations of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation due to be held in Beijing on November 19.
Xu Qiliang said, “Strategic partnership between China and Russia entered a new stage of the development. We’re pleased with it.” The development of partnership “mirrors our peoples’ willingness and plays an important role in preserving regional and global peace,” he said.
Shoigu is currently on an official visit to China from November 17 to November 19.