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Post time 2018-12-18 23:57:39 |Display all floors
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Editor's Note: With 2018 drawing to a close, it is time to review the many ups and downs in the international community. Among others, Sino-Russian bilateral relations have been thrown into spotlight, witnessing the deepening cooperation between the two. Cui Zheng, an associate professor at the Center for the Economies and Politics of Transitional Countries at Liaoning University in China, and Wang Ying, an associate research fellow at the center, offer their insights to CGTN.

2018 is turning out to be an eventful year for China and Russia. In face of the profound changes in the international order, as well as the pressure and containment from the U.S., China and Russia are committed to the goal of win-win development and are determined to safeguard international fairness and justice, world peace and stability.

Political mutual trust further deepened

The leaders of the two countries continue to maintain the high-frequency interactions started three years ago, with four formal meetings and the signing of several important documents in 2018 to consolidate the strategic development of bilateral relations.

The frequent meetings between the leaders have maintained the warm political relations between the two countries. During these meetings, both sides communicated with each other on major international issues, which enhanced mutual trust and promoted cooperation between the two.

Putin was awarded China's first-ever Friendship Medal, which not only reflects the great friendship and strategic interdependence between China and Russia, but also sets a good example of friendship and sends a signal of peace to the world.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018. /Xinhua Photo

A new page in economic and trade cooperation

The two sides also agreed to start a joint project worth more than 100 billion U.S. dollars with the near completion of the nearly 4000 km natural gas pipeline connecting Russia's east Siberian natural gas field with northeast China. China will become the largest importer of Russia's natural gas.

As one of the key areas of practical cooperation between China and Russia, energy will continue to lead the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries and it's an important manifestation of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides.

Mutual investment and cooperation over large-scale projects between the two countries have contributed to the growing trade between the two countries.

China's investment and project contracts in Russia have increased. Cooperation in aerospace, infrastructure, and other fields has been steadily gaining grounds. The total amount of bilateral trade is expected to reach 100 billion U.S. dollars this year.

Security cooperation gained new significance

The U.S. plan to unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty had a profound impact on world politics and on the military relations and balance of power between China, Russia and the U.S. For the first time, China was invited by Russia to participate in the large-scale military exercise “Vostok 2018” which conducted strategic operations in specific regions and directions, reflecting the confidence and determination of China and Russia to jointly maintain regional peace and security.

It's not only a concrete measure in implementing the pragmatic exchange and cooperation between the two armies, but also a strong impetus to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Russia.

Cultural exchanges yielded fruitful results

With the steady progress of Russia's “Look East” strategy and China's Belt and Road Initiative, China and Russia have built the “Northeast-Far East” and “Yangtze River-Volga River” regional cooperation mechanisms and established more than 130 pairs of sister cities and provinces.

The upcoming China-Russia Nizhneleninskoye-Tongjiang railway bridge will become a major transportation corridor connecting Russia with China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The two sides will work hard to push forward projects such as the Binhai international transport corridor and actively strengthen cooperation in the development of Arctic waterways, which will promote the realization of the goal of jointly building the “Silk Road on Ice" as soon as possible.

Momentum will continue in 2019

In a nutshell, the development of China and Russia's comprehensive strategic partnership is well-founded under the highly consistent development concept of the two countries.

Although external factors will accelerate or slow down the pace of the development, they are not decisive variables.

Russia has always been highly alert to its continued marginalization in the wave of globalization and the possibility of being reduced to an energy-rich vassal state of China. Alarmist thinking is one of the constraints on the development of bilateral relations.

However, China-Russia relations have the characteristics of a new type of relationship between major powers. Without forming an alliance, the two countries have built a comprehensive strategic partnership, maintained close relations without overdependence, safeguarded interests and dignity without hurting the other side, handled international affairs on their own merits without applying double standards, and resolved differences over interests through equal consultation.

In face of the policy uncertainties brought by the Donald Trump administration, China and Russia will have to make predictions and preparations for possibly more severe containment measures in the coming year or longer.

At present, the U.S. tends to have a widespread view of containment towards China, and this attitude will be there to stay. How to make better use of mutual checks and balances in the China-U.S.-Russia triangle will determine the effectiveness of China and Russia in resisting external pressure.

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Post time 2018-12-20 00:15:36 |Display all floors
And to think, almost 50 years ago....................

The general staff off to a nuclear bombproof bunker in the western hills outside Beijing. The country's warplanes are scattered around northern China, runways at the main airports blocked and workers given weapons to shoot Soviet airmen when they land.

It is October 1969: China is preparing for a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. Lin, second to Mao, orders 940,000 soldiers, 4,000 planes and 600 vessels to scatter from their bases and the transfer of major archives from Beijing to the southwest.

Then US president Richard Nixon intervenes. Secretary of state Henry Kissinger tells the Soviet ambassador in Washington that as soon as the Soviets set off their first missile against China, the US will launch nuclear missiles at 130 Soviet cities.

Of the five nuclear threats, four came from the United States and one from the Soviet Union.

The most serious came in 1969 after military clashes in March on Zhenbao Island - Damansky in Russian - on the Ussuri River, Heilongjiang , that marks the border in China's northeast. On March 2, Chinese troops ambushed Soviet border guards; they retaliated on March 15 by bombarding Chinese military concentrations and storming the island. According to Chinese figures, 58 Soviets were killed and 97 injured.

The conflict provoked an outpouring of official anger on both sides. In China, 150 million soldiers and civilians took part in anti-Soviet demonstrations; the official press said that it was time to 'defeat the new tsar' and prepared the public for a war, including one with nuclear weapons. It warned that they would kill any foreign troops who encroached on Chinese territory.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain

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Post time 2018-12-21 10:50:02 |Display all floors
There are only THREE COUNTRIES in the world!
The rest could take side. Be smart not to show outwardly!
Had US President Trump not push aside the firm friendship laid between US and China by his predecessors, Russia would not be able to replace US.
US President Trump exhibits less ability in politics but in debase business.

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Post time 2018-12-21 18:07:41 |Display all floors
There are both closeness and distances for each and every country.

US, Russia and China are all very different. So the question of perpetual closeness should be pursued vigorously without expectation. Other nations will influence the action of these three too.

The thing to do now for China is to have meeting of minds in particular with Russia. Both sides need to invest time and effort to acclimatise with the other's culture and habits. This may not be achieved even in 100 years yet still both must try. At least there is a common thing between Chinese and Russians - the people are influenced by the American happenings. From cuisine to couture to entertainment to etiquette, its a question of how to introduce all these to the Russians and vice versa. Great care needs to be exercised so that the stale taste doesn't set in.

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Post time 2018-12-22 20:07:41 |Display all floors
Saul Post time: 2018-12-20 00:15
And to think, almost 50 years ago....................

The general staff off to a nuclear bombproof  ...

The US even nuked Japan, twice, and now they have been thick as thieves.

You know nothing about history, don't you?
Believe it or not, it's true.

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