Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of the "Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia" at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, March 22, 2013. Reuters
IBTimes: China-Russia To Boost Military Technical Training Cooperation But Should Not Be Seen As A Coalition
China has plans to build stronger military ties through developing armed forces-technical training cooperation with Russia to boost geopolitical relations. Beijing insists that cooperation between the world’s second- and third-most powerful militaries should not be considered a threat to any third party.
“China hopes to develop an all-around and broad cooperation with Russia, including in military-technical cooperation, to gradually strengthen practical cooperation of the two states [as well as strengthen] friendly exchanges between the peoples of our countries,” Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui told RIA Novosti, Russia’s state-owned news agency, in an interview.
WNU Editor: Talk about a Russia - China coalition has been around for decades .... so this speculation is nothing new. But it is true that both countries are now cooperating economically, and that diplomatic/political relations are now at levels that I have never seen (with the exception of when I was stationed there in the 1980s).