Russian arms industry welcomes Xi

Russia’s defence industry rolled out the red carpet for new Chinese President Xi Jinping amid speculation of top military deals as he wound up his high-profile visit to Moscow saying that the bond between the two countries provided “strategic balance to global order”.

Xi, 59, who is also China’s military chief besides being the President of the country and head of the ruling Communist Party of China, visited Russia’s defence ministry becoming the first Chinese leader to tour the headquarters of one of world’s most well-developed weapons industries.

Xi was received by Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu with full military honours. While meeting Shoigu and other senior military generals, Xi said the idea of visiting the ministry was proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he believed that the trip would benefit the strategic and political mutual trust between the two countries and boost their military-to-military relationship and cooperation.

Xi who earlier said Sino-Russian ties helped guarantee the “international strategic balance and peace” observed that military cooperation has a special and important place in the overall China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

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