Sino-Russian relations are 'rock solid': Chinese Foreign Ministry
As tensions with the US increase, China's relations with Russia maintain mutual benefit, respect, and trust, without being directed against others.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated on Friday that relations between Russia and China are "rock solid", beneficial to both parties, and based on respect and trust.
US President Joe Biden claimed on Thursday that China did not see its existing relations with Russia as a potential alliance and was attempting to keep some distance.
"What I can tell you is that Sino-Russian relations are rock solid. Being each other's largest neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners in the new era, China and Russia have always firmly adhered to the principles of non-alignment to blocs, non-confrontation, and non-directing against third parties, as well as the development of bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit," Zhao said at a briefing.
The diplomat pointed out that a high degree of trust between the two nations is a key component of the long-term, healthy, and sustainable development of relations between Russia and China.
"China is ready to cooperate with the Russian side in order to contribute to the constant confident advancement of bilateral relations forward in the right direction," Zhao added.
The Chinese diplomat added that China would uphold the "five principles of peaceful coexistence," foster friendly relations with other nations, encourage the development of new kinds of international relations, and encourage cooperation and constructive interaction between superpowers.
Despite the complex international situation in various fields, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in October that China and Russia were developing an all-around partnership.
He also reaffirmed Moscow's readiness to continue the bilateral dialogue and close joint work with Beijing for the benefit of the two friendly countries.