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China-Russia ties grow as Chinese senior official visits Moscow


Kabul: China said on Saturday that mutual political trust with Russia has continued to deepen after Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu visited the Russia this week and met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

China is willing to work with Russia to implement their strategic partnership and promote further progress in their relationship, the foreign ministry also said in its statement.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a strategic partnership in Moscow a year ago aimed at countering the influence of the United States and its allies.

Zhaoxu also met with Russian Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Andrey Rudenko and Sergey Vershinin during his visit on February 2 and 3.

The two sides exchanged views on bilateral and multilateral cooperation as well as international and regional issues of common concern, the statement said.

Lavrov said on Thursday that Moscow’s relations with China have no limits and, despite not being a formal military alliance, were of a much higher and broader nature.

The statement came in the wake of a rise in tensions between China and the US after a Chinese balloon flew over the airspace of the United States.

Washington has described it as a spy balloon, while China says it is an airship used for civilian meteorological and other scientific purposes.

The incident led to the postponement of Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken’s planned visit to China, which was scheduled to begin on Friday.

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