Russia, China to talk about deeper security co-operation in Eurasia

Russia, China to talk about deeper security co-operation in Eurasia
Russia, China to talk about deeper security co-operation in Eurasia

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Beijing, China April 9, 2024. — Picture by Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters

BEIJING, April 9 — Russia and China have agreed to discuss ways to deepen security co-operation across Europe and Asia to counter attempts by the United States to impose its will on the region, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today after talks in Beijing.

China and Russia declared a “no limits” partnership in February 2022 when President Vladimir Putin visited Beijing just days before he sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, triggering the deadliest land war in Europe since World War Two.

Lavrov, after talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, said that Putin had suggested strengthening Eurasian security and that China and Russia had agreed to “start a dialogue with the involvement of our other like-minded people on this issue”.

“For a long time, there was a Euro-Atlantic security structure in the form of Nato, of course, as well as the OSCE, but it is striking itself out from the list of relevant structures within which it is possible to conduct meaningful negotiations and agree on something based on a balance of interests,” Lavrov said.


Russian news agencies quoted Wang as saying the US-led Nato alliance should neither extend its activities in the Asia-Pacific region nor promote confrontation.

At a press conference after the meeting, Wang did not explicitly mention the US, Nato or the war in Ukraine, but outlined what he called the “five always” of China-Russia relations, China’s foreign ministry said in a summary.

The two countries should “oppose hegemonism and power politics, [and] oppose the monopoly of international affairs by a few countries,” Wang said.


The United States casts China as its biggest competitor and Russia as its biggest nation-state threat while US President Joe Biden argues that this century will be defined by an existential contest between democracies and autocracies.

Putin and Xi Jinping share a broad world view, which sees the West as decadent and in decline, just as China challenges US supremacy in everything from quantum computing and synthetic biology to espionage and hard military power.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said yesterday she had difficult conversations with Chinese officials during her visit on its co-operation with Moscow.

Yellen warned of “significant consequences” for any Chinese companies supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Yellen also said in these meetings that the US would not rule out tariffs on clean energy imports from China to protect its industry.

Russia and China should “jointly oppose unilateralism and protectionism” and “work together to maintain the stability of international industry and supply chains”, Wang said.


China has strengthened trade and military ties with Russia in recent years as the United States and its allies imposed sanctions on both, but particularly Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine.

China-Russian trade hit a record of US$240.1 billion (RM1.15 trillion) in 2023, up 26.3 per cent from a year earlier, Chinese customs data shows. Chinese shipments to Russia jumped 46.9 per cent in 2023 while imports from Russia rose 13 per cent.

China-United States trade fell 11.6 per cent to US$664.5 billion in 2023, Chinese customs data shows.

One year into the Ukraine war, China published in 2023 a 12-point position paper on settling the Ukraine crisis. Russia has said China’s position is reasonable.

Russian news agencies quoted Wang as saying that China wanted Russia and Ukraine to sit down at an international conference to discuss a way to cease the war in Ukraine.

Lavrov said Russia wanted the United Nations Security Council to give an assessment of Ukrainian drone attacks on the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. Ukraine has denied it is behind the drone attacks.

Russia and China will continue to co-operate in the fight against terrorism in their ever-strengthening relationship, Lavrov added.

Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting at a concert venue near Moscow where at least 144 people died, but Russia, without providing evidence, has said it believes Ukraine was behind the attack.

“Our co-operation on counter-terrorism will continue, including within the framework of multilateral institutions,” Lavrov said.

Last month, Reuters reported that Putin will travel to China in May for talks with Xi, in what could be the first overseas trip of his new presidential term. — Reuters

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