China, Russia vow enhanced coordination in strategic security


BEIJING,  (Xinhua) — China and Russia on Monday vowed to strengthen communication, consultation and coordination in strategic security areas.

The pledge came out of the 12th round of bilateral strategic and security consultation, which was co-chaired by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council.

Yang applauded the development of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, calling for closer communication to carry out the important consensus reached by the two countries’ leaders.

During their meeting, the two officials also discussed issues related to the situation in the Korean Peninsula and cooperation among the BRICS nations.

The two sides agreed that the nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is harmful to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Both sides stressed efforts to prevent an escalation of the situation in the Korean Peninsula and to put the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back on the table for dialogue and consultation.

The two sides firmly opposed the United States‘ deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Yang and Patrushev confirmed that both sides will continuously enhance communication and coordination and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula as well as the region.