China has plans to build stronger military ties through developing armed forces-technical training cooperation with Russia to boost geopolitical relations. Beijing insists that cooperation between the world’s second- and third-most powerful militaries should not be considered a threat to any third party.

“China hopes to develop an all-around and broad cooperation with Russia, including in military-technical cooperation, to gradually strengthen practical cooperation of the two states [as well as strengthen] friendly exchanges between the peoples of our countries,” Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui told RIA Novosti, Russia’s state-owned news agency, in an interview.

Li said budding relations between Moscow and Beijing do not include “creating a military coalition in any form,” but rather, fostering military cooperation that is “in accordance with the fundamental norms of international law and is not directed at third countries and does not encroach on the interests of third countries.”

The comments from the Chinese ambassador comes just days after his counterparts in Beijing stressed the importance of Sino-Russian bilateral ties.

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