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Russia-China ties to alter global equations: Putin
April 18, 2014, 7:37 am

"Cooperation with China, including that in international issues, is at unprecedented level," said Putin [PPIO]

“Cooperation with China, including that in international issues, is at unprecedented level,” said Putin [PPIO]

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow’s ties with Beijing are expected to be a considerable factor in global politics.

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.

The Russian President was addressing a direct line broadcast into Russian homes.

Putin vowed to expand cooperation with “trusted ally” China ahead of a critical visit to Shanghai next month where he is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

“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he said Russia does not seek any military-political alliance with China as the world’s “bloc-based system has long been outdated.”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

6 Responses to Russia-China ties to alter global equations: Putin

  1. Victor Reply

    April 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    this is the new driving force for the new world economic / financial and political order.

    May 2014 will be a critical juncture.

    • Vince Gulotta Reply

      April 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Victor , why is May 14 -2014 a critical juncture on this issue ?

  2. Walter Weiss Reply

    April 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm


  3. Mats G. Reply

    April 23, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I think Victor is pointing to an expected agreement between Russia and China concerning a major long term sale of gas from Russia to China. The agreement which has been in the pipeline for the last ten years is said to become public in May.

    There are still many obstacles to this agreement. The first one being that China is able to buy gas from anywhere at the best price (gas is not in short supply globally). On the other hand Russia can’t sell gas to the current market price because its costs of production are much higher. Therefore if there will be an agreement it would be seen in US and EU as de facto economical support of Russia and its current politics in Ukraine.

    The other obstacle is the cold fact that China is trading a lot more with US and EU than with Russia. Many analysts think China is politically far too prudent to undertake some relatively short sighted moves that would undermine its long term economic relations with US and EU.

    We’ll see what happens in May.

    • Vince Gulotta Reply

      April 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Thank You Mats G for your answering the question of why May 2014 is a critical juncture on this issue. .. Best Regards , Vince Gulotta

  4. Larry shorter Reply

    April 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I believe China very soon will not care one iota what the us or eu think. They are positioning themselves to be the financial power and propel their currency to be the reserve. Look at how cautious they are in everything they are accomplishing. The usa is running around throwing its military across the world being a bully because it knows its days are numbered. We are in for a major shift and I believe it will be in less than 10 years unless the usa brings all nations to war.

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