Moscow and Beijing are united in their desire to establish a fairer world order, says Nikolay Patrushev
Relations between Moscow and Beijing are based on mutual trust and therefore cannot be influenced from outside, Russian Security Council chief Nikolay Patrushev said during a visit to China.
Further strengthening these links is “an unconditional priority for Russian foreign policy”, the security chief insisted on Monday.
“Under modern conditions, our countries should be even more willing to support each other and develop cooperation,” he said during a strategic security consultation meeting.
Moscow and Beijing “seek to build a fairer world order” and welcome the growing number of countries that “choose the path of free and sovereign development based on their own identity and traditions”, Patrushev pointed out.
They were “opposed by the political elites of the collective West who seek to impose their own false values” on other nations, he added.
The rapprochement between Russia and China “enjoys broad public support in both countries, is based on deep mutual trust and therefore cannot be influenced from outside”, said the head of security.
The talks took place in the city of Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province, located just across the strait from the self-governing island of Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of Chinese territory.
The issue of Taiwan was among the topics discussed during the consultations, with Patrushev “expressing concern about the escalation of tensions by Washington and its allies in the region”, the Russian Security Council said in a statement.
The officials also agreed to boost cooperation between the Russian and Chinese armies, emphasizing joint exercises and patrols, and stepping up contacts between the two nations’ military staffs.
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Smarkand, Uzbekistan.
He said he was “ready, together with our Russian colleagues, to set an example of a responsible global power and to play a leading role in bringing a rapidly changing world onto a path of sustainable and positive development.”
Beijing has refused to join international sanctions imposed on Moscow after it launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February. Instead, neighbors have boosted cooperation and trade, with Russia becoming, among other things, China’s top oil supplier.
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