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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Agrees to Build Closer Military Ties With Chinese




Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan wrapped up two days of talks in Moscow on Wednesday in a meeting with acting President Vladimir Putin with statements calling for closer military ties between the two huge neighbors.


"The most topical issues concerning foreign policy interests of the two countries [are] largely identical and coincide,'' Putin's foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko told journalists after the meeting, Itar-Tass reported. Prikhodko said weapons deals and military cooperation were a focus of the talks.


Russian diplomats have been building bridges with regional powers, such as China, as part of a policy of creating a "multipolar'' world - diplomatic parlance for countering supposed U.S. dominance of world affairs.


Putin told Tang that Russia's ties with China were closer than with any country other than those in the Commonwealth of Independent States.


Tang also met with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, and they joined in rejecting Western criticism of their domestic affairs, the Foreign Ministry said.


Russia reaffirmed its position on Taiwan as being an integral part of China. China expressed its support of the operation in Chechnya.


The U.S. ambassador to China said Monday that military ties between Russia and China need not alarm Washington.


"The Russians want cash, the Chinese want military equipment. It's a relationship of convenience," Ambassador Joseph Prueher said in Washington.


"The military equipment is not that wonderful," he added.