China and Russia are united together like a great mountain. Our friendship is unbreakable. Together, we countered of the US, and we oppose the fake democratic regime of the US, the fake multi-culturalism, as well as new forms of manifestation of the Cold War. Therefore, we’ve displayed our relations as being better than allied.” He said he “completely
China and Russia have separately condemned what they see as destabilizing U.S. military moves near their respective borders, and have jointly called for intensifying their already growing strategic partnership. In a statement published Tuesday by the Chinese Defense Ministry, People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Shi Yi slammed the passage of the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius through the Taiwan Strait that separates the Chinese mainland from the self-ruling island claimed by the central government in Beijing.
“This action of the U.S. side created security risks and undermined regional stability,” Shi said. “The troops of the PLA Eastern Theater Command will take all measures necessary to resolutely counter all threats and provocations and safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesperson stressed in the statement.
Washington broke off relations with the Taipei government in 1979 in favor of Beijing, but has maintained unofficial ties that have warmed in recent years as relations with Beijing soured.
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The U.S. Fifth Fleet asserted in a statement that the USS Milius passed “through international waters in accordance with international law,” but a protest to the latest U.S. move was also issued by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian during a press conference. “The Chinese side was closely following and fully aware of the U.S. military vessel’s passage through the Taiwan Strait,” Zhao said. “The U.S. warships have repeatedly flexed muscles, made provocations and stirred up trouble in the Taiwan Strait in the name of ‘freedom of navigation’.
This is by no means commitment to freedom and openness, but rather deliberate disruption and sabotage of regional peace and stability. The international community sees this plainly.” He warned that “China is firmly resolved in upholding national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and urged that “the U.S. side should immediately correct its mistakes, stop making provocations, challenging the bottom line and playing with fire, and play a more constructive role in regional peace and stability.”
That same day, Russia’s military chief also identified what he viewed as dangerous U.S. moves near his country’s national boundaries.
“We note a significant intensification of the actions of American strategic bomber aviation near the borders of Russia,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a video conference with his Chinese counterpart Colonel General Wei Fenghe. “Over the past month, about 30 sorties were made to the borders of the Russian Federation, which is 2.5 times more than in the corresponding period last year. “These actions included this month’s Global Thunder exercise in which Shoigu said that “10 strategic bombers practiced the option of using nuclear weapons against Russia practically simultaneously from the Western and Eastern directions.”
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Wei was said to have credited Shoigu with successfully defying Washington, saying, “You’ve successfully countered the pressure and deterrence from the U.S., as well as military threats from the U.S.,” according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.
Wei also drew parallels between the U.S. approach to their two countries
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“Comrade Minister just spoke about military threats, pressure and deterrence against Russia from the U.S.. The U.S. also takes such actions against China as well. I completely agree with your assessments,” the Chinese official said. Wei took note of the fact that this year marked the 20th anniversary of the two countries’ Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation, a pact that was extended over the summer by Xi and Putin.
“And we are celebrating tremendously fruitful cooperation in all areas,” Wei said. “Especially, standing in the face of frantic US containment and pressure, China and Russia are united together like a great mountain. Our friendship is unbreakable. Together, we countered of the US, and we oppose the fake democratic regime of the US, the fake multi-culturalism, as well as new forms of manifestation of the Cold War. Therefore, we’ve displayed our relations as being better than allied.” He said he “completely agrees” with Shoigu’s “high appreciation of the level of Sino-Russian military cooperation,” as well as his Russian counterpart’s “view of the military threat for our countries from the United States.”