BEIJING, Jan. 31 -- Chinese Defense Minister Admiral Dong Jun held a video call with Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday.
Admiral Dong said that under the strategic guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has maintained a high level of development. As 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Russia, the two militaries should implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, firmly respond to global challenges, constantly enhance strategic mutual trust, continuously expand practical cooperation, push the mil-to-mil relationship to a higher level, and play a greater role in deepening China-Russia comprehensive strategic coordination and maintaining global security and stability.
General Shoigu said that under the guidance of the two heads of state, Russia-China relations are at the highest level in history. Russia is willing to work with China to take the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties this year as a new starting point to innovate the fields and ways of bilateral military cooperation, and to push bilateral relations between the two countries and the two militaries to a new level.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.