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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese Support Putin on Chechnya

Acting President Vladimir Putin welcomed Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian to the Kremlin on Tuesday, praising the growth of bilateral ties and winning support for the war in Chechnya.

"A good, an excellent base" has been created to further improve those ties in the 21st century, Putin told Chi.

After a period of rocky relations, the two countries say they are eager to form an alliance that would counter what they perceive as American dominance of world affairs, a policy Russian diplomats refer to as creating a "multipolar world."

"The Russian-Chinese strategic partnership is strong, effective and not dependent on daily changes," Putin's deputy chief of staff, Sergei Prikhodko, said after the talks, which lasted more than an hour.

Chi expressed support for Russia's campaign to wipe out Islamic militants in Chechnya and said the two countries shared the same views on extremism and separatism, Prikhodko reported.

Chi, who began a three-day visit Monday, already has voiced support for Russia's opposition to the U.S. proposal to modify the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to allow construction of a limited anti-missile system.

Moscow has been actively seeking new military contracts with China both to boost its own revenues and to offset U.S. military might, according to analysts.

Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who is in charge of Russia's military-industrial complex, met with Chi earlier Tuesday. He noted that Russia's military supplies to China were "balanced and aimed at all types of Chinese armed forces."

Following a slowdown, the two nations' military-technical cooperation overall is "developing successfully. There are no unsolved issues," Klebanov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev said the two countries would sign a memorandum on closer cooperation.

Russia has sold China some of its most potent military hardware, including the S-300 anti-aircraft system and a license to produce Russian-designed Su-27 fighter jets. The deals are worth several billion dollars.

Klebanov said Russia and China were close to agreeing on the joint use of GLONASS, or the Global Navigation Satellite System. The system, which is similar to the U.S. Global Positioning System, was developed by the Russian military to enable ships, planes and ground troops to pinpoint their position anywhere on earth to within 15 meters.

Use of the system for civilian purposes could be economically beneficial for both sides, Klebanov said.

Klebanov is due to visit China in February, and Putin has also promised to travel to Beijing.