China says partnership with Russia does not imply military alliance against other countries

Cooperation between the armies of China and Russia is a model of a new type of international relations based on mutual respect, impartiality, fairness and mutually beneficial cooperation, the Chinese Defense Ministry said

 

The cooperation between the armies of China and Russia is characterized by mutual respect, impartiality and fairness, it is not aimed at creating a military alliance against third countries. The Chinese Defense Ministry press service said this on Monday, commenting on the possibility of China and Russia forming a military alliance to potentially confront NATO.

“The current comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia is a model of a new type of international relations, which is based on mutual respect, impartiality, justice and mutually beneficial cooperation”. –  the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on the social network WeChat. – “Both sides adhere to principles that [imply] rejection of alliances, confrontation and targeting of third countries, which is completely different from the military alliance relationships established between some countries.”

According to the Chinese defence ministry’s press office, China’s military relations with the Russian Federation are “an important pillar for strategic cooperation between the two countries”.

On December 31, 2020, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei said that in 2021, “the Chinese side will continue to maintain close contacts with the Russian Federation and strengthen pragmatic cooperation with it in order to take our inter-military ties to a higher [quality] level.

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