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Russia-China ties “will significantly affect the contemporary architecture of international relations,” said the president.
“It is absolutely clear that we will be expanding collaboration with China. Our trade with the United States is 27.5 [billion], but trade with China is 87 billion, and it is growing. And experts will agree that China is gradually becoming the number one economic power. The question is when it will happen: in 15, 20 or 25 years. But everybody understands that it is inevitable,” asserted Putin.
“We’ll develop relations with China. We’ve never had such trusted relations,” Putin said.
“Cooperation with China, including that in international issues, is at unprecedented level,” he added.
He asserted that Moscow and Beijing have common views on the international situation and global security issues.
With joint exercises on land and at sea held within their borders, military mutual trust has also been strengthened, Putin said.
Meanwhile, he said Russia does not seek any military-political alliance with China as the world’s “bloc-based system has long been outdated.”
In 2012, Putin included China in his first foreign trip after assuming the Russian presidency. Xi Jinping also chose Moscow as his first state visit as China’s head of state.
TBP and Agencies