China’s Defense Minister Tells Russians He Has Their Back Against the US

An unprecedented Chinese show of support: "We've come to show Americans the close ties between Russia and China. We’ve come to support you"

Wei emphasized his Moscow visit was closely coordinated with President XiChina’s military leadership has pledged its support to Russia as tensions between Moscow and the West further deteriorate into diplomatic isolation, economic sanctions and dueling defense drills.

In his first visit to Russia, newly appointed Chinese Defense Minister Wei Feng attended the seventh Moscow International Security Conference accompanied by a delegation of other high-level military officials. Emphasizing that his trip was coordinated directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Wei said that he had two major messages for Russia at a time when both nations were attempting to modernize their armed forces and strengthen their hands in global affairs in spite of U.S. fears.

“I am visiting Russia as a new defense minister of China to show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation,” Wei said at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.

“Second, to support the Russian side in organizing the Moscow International Security Conference the Chinese side has come to show Americans the close ties between the armed forces of China and Russia, especially in this situation. We’ve come to support you,” he added. “The Chinese side is ready to express with the Russian side our common concerns and common position on important international problems at international venues as well.”

In response to Wei’s visit, his Russian counterpart also stressed better relations between the two countries, which once formed the world’s largest and most powerful communist alliance before falling out in the 1960s. With both Putin and Xi having been re-elected last month, the two presidents have successfully consolidated power in their respective countries.

“Thanks to the efforts of the leaders of our countries, the ties between Russia and China are now reaching a new and unprecedented level, becoming an important factor in ensuring peace and international security,” Shoigu said, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Source: Newsweek

  1. El1934 says


    1. Ivan Freely says

      Words are not as important as action. Let’s see if the Chinese will actually put skin in the game when it arrives.

      1. AussieLouis says

        Are you ignorant? Chinese are people who acts judging by their phenomenal progress, economically and militarily.

        Do you believe they sit on their arses while achieving economic dominance in forty years?

        1. Ivan Freely says

          Way to go in resurrecting a dead thread. I’ll bite anyway in case you’re not a AI bot.

          Where is the Chinese military currently active in COMBAT (keyword here)?

          Don’t bother bringing up their anti-piracy actives in the Gulf of Aden or the civilian evacuation of Libya. Don’t bother bringing up their UN duties in Africa as it’s nothing more than a OBSERVATION / POLICING operation.

          Syria was the perfect time for them to test out their doctrine, logistics and hardware. BUT, they’re no where to be seen. In case you’re wondering, Syria isn’t small potatoes as it plays an important role in their Silk Road (or BRI) project.

          Like I said: Put skin in the game or shut the fuck up.

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  3. David Bedford says

    It’s about time they brought their relationship out into the open.

    1. Ann Johns says

      They never had much of a relationship before american foreign policy pushed them together, picture a bedraggled bald eagle flopping around and trying to claw at a bear and a dragon at the same time. Their relationship was brought into the open in Nov 2017 when they signed a military pact in Syria.

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