China is ready to cooperate with Russia to strengthen strategic communication and coordination, but they are not a Cold War-era military alliance, they are superior to that model. This was stated by Tan Kefei, a spokesman for the ministry, during a briefing.
“Friendship between China and Russia is growing stronger day by day. China-Russia relations are not a Cold War-era military political alliance, they are superior to that model of state-to-state relations,” he said, rbc.ru reports.
The armies of both states will jointly conduct regular air and sea patrols and organize military exercises, he added. According to him, Moscow and Beijing are determined to “jointly defend international fairness and justice”, as well as build mutual trust in the military sector.
In late March, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Beijing were not forging a military alliance, despite overt military-technical cooperation and joint exercises. In his view, Western states act differently, creating a “global NATO” and “new axis.”
U.S. officials said that Russia and China should not be treated frivolously, but the level of their cooperation should not be exaggerated either. President Joe Biden said that the two countries “have met 40 times” over the past decade, while the United States is increasing cooperation with other nations and he himself has met with 80 percent of the world’s leaders in the past two years. The U.S. leader, as he continued to talk about the weak cooperation between Moscow and Beijing, also asked if China had made any economic commitments to Russia.