Russia and China signed on Tuesday a roadmap for deeper military cooperation as the two countries continue to boost ties in the face of increasing pressure from the US and other Western countries.
The deal was agreed to in virtual talks between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe. The Russian Defense Ministry said the military leaders “expressed a shared interest in stepping up strategic military exercises and joint patrols” between the two countries.
“China and Russia have been strategic partners for many years,” Shoigu said. “Today, in conditions of increasing geopolitical turbulence and growing conflict potential in various parts of the world, the development of our interaction is especially relevant.”
Shoigu pointed to an increase in US bomber activity near Russia and in East Asia as a reason to increase cooperation with China. Wei told Shoigu that Russia has successfully countered pressure and threats from Washington.
“You’ve successfully countered the pressure and deterrence from the US, as well as military threats from the US,” Wei said, adding that China has also “withstood the US pressure and deterrence.”
In October, China and Russia held their first-ever joint naval patrols in the western Pacific. Earlier this year, the two nations held major army drills in northwest China that integrated Russian troops into Chinese formations for the first time.