Putin: Putin hosts top Chinese gen, calls for closer military ties

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lauded what he described as important “high-tech” Russian military cooperation with China at a meeting in Moscow with a top Chinese general who is a close ally of President Xi Jinping.
China and Russia declared a “no limits” partnership in February 2022 when Putin visited Beijing just days before he sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine.
Receiving General Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, and Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin sent his best wishes to Xi, saying the two leaders had developed a good friendship and working relations. He emphasized that while “Russia and China aren’t building any military alliances based on Cold War patterns,” their cooperation is a “serious factor in stabilizing the international situation.” Zhang told Putin that China respected Russia for its ability to withstand what the West casts as its most stringent sanctions every imposed on a major economy.
The US casts China as its biggest competitor and Russia as its biggest nation-state threat while President Biden argues that this century will be defined by existential contest with between democracies and autocracies.


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