China, Russia to hold new round of strategic security consultation amid closer bilateral ties
Published: Sep 18, 2022 08:45 PM
China Russia Photo:VCG

China Russia Photo:VCG

China and Russia will hold a new round of strategic security consultations in China from Sunday to Monday, just days after the face-to-face meeting of the two countries' top leaders in Uzbekistan on Thursday that has forged even closer China-Russian ties. 

The high-level strategic interactions between China and Russia reflect the stable cooperation and mutual trust of the two countries in the security field, which is of regional and global significance amid the current instability and uncertainty cross the world, said Chinese experts. 

At the invitation of Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, Secretary Nikolai Patrushev of the Security Council of the Russian Federation will travel to China for the 17th China-Russia strategic security consultation from Sunday to Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning announced on Sunday.

The China-Russia strategic talk comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Thursday, where Xi said China is ready to work with Russia in extending strong support to each other on issues concerning their respective core interests. 

The bilateral strategic security consultation might implement some of the concepts of China-Russia cooperation discussed at the SCO with more specific details, Yang Jin, an expert at the Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday.  

Yang Jin noted that the upcoming security talk is likely to focus mainly on the current regional stability situation, given the increasingly intensified regional conflicts in the continents of Europe and Asia recently. Topics such as the fight against terrorism, separatism, drug trafficking as well as border security might be discussed during the consultation. 

The 16th round of the China-Russia strategic security consultation was held in Russia in May 2021, where the two sides discussed multilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the stability of the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, according to media reports.

Many new challenges have emerged since the last consultation, such as the Ukraine crisis, the changes in the situation in Afghanistan, together with food security and the epidemic prevention crisis, which not only have a serious impact on the security of the continents, but also will indirectly influence the recovery and development of regional economy, Yang Jin said.

Yang Jin highlighted that compared with the previous consultation, this year's edition might involve a broader range of issues and also solve the "most urgent" challenges the two countries faced. The Taiwan question might also be brought up on the occasion of such bilateral interaction given the complexity of the situation across the Taiwan Straits with constant Western interference and provocations. 

Nikolai Patrushev will also attend the 7th meeting of the China-Russia law enforcement and security cooperation mechanism during his two-day visit to China.