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China, Russia agree strategic stability vow

CHINA and Russia vowed to strengthen global strategic stability in a joint statement signed by President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The statement was signed after the two leaders held talks in Beijing over the weekend.

In the statement, both sides voiced concern at an increase in “negative factors” affecting global strategic stability.

Some countries and military-political alliances were seeking decisive advantage in military and relevant technology to serve their own interests through the use or threat of force in international affairs, it said. Such a policy resulted in the growth of military power becoming out of control and shaking global stability, it added.

Concern was expressed over the unilateral deployment of anti-missile systems around the world. This was not constructive and had negatively affected global and regional strategic balance, stability and security.

Both countries said they strongly oppose the deployment of the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system in Europe and the possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense in northeast Asia. These severely infringe on the strategic security interests of countries in the region, they said.

Long-distance, precision attack weapons developed by some countries may seriously damage the strategic balance and trigger a new arms race, the joint statement said.

Arms control is an important means of strengthening global security and stability, it said, and disarmament and arms control should be fair and balanced, and be conducive to every country’s security.

The statement expressed concern over the rising danger of chemical and biological weapons falling into the hands of non-state entities for the conduct of terrorist and violent extremist activities. A way to cope with such a threat is to improve relevant international law.

The joint statement also called on all countries and groups of countries to abide by the principle on the use of force and coercive measures stipulated by the UN Charter and international law, to respect the legitimate rights and interests of all countries and peoples while handling international and regional hot issues, and to oppose interference in other countries’ political affairs.

All countries should keep their military capability at the lowest level necessary to maintain national security, and refrain from moves that may be seen by other countries as threats to their national security.

The two presidents also signed a joint statement on promoting the development of information and cyber space.

They agreed that, facing tough security challenges and the abuse of information technology, countries should conduct dialogue and cooperation on how to guarantee the security of cyber space and promote the development of an information network.

They both advocated the establishment of a new cyber space order that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative, and the formation of a code of conduct within the United Nations framework.


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