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Russian and Chinese Navy Chiefs Sign MOU on Cooperation

April 21, 2024 (EIRNS)—Russian Navy Command-in-Chief Adm. Alexander Moiseev signed an agreement with Commander of the Chinese PLA Navy Hu Zhongming on cooperation in the field of search and rescue at sea. Moiseev is in Beijing with a Naval delegation to attend the 19th biannual Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao. A U.S. delegation will be among the navy representatives from 29 countries attending the symposium. Xinhua reported that the theme of the naval symposium is “Seas of Shared Future,” which aims to foster dialogue and cooperation among maritime stakeholders, including discussions on maritime security and shared interests in the region.

According to a readout from the Russian military, “The Russian and Chinese sides discussed a wide range of issues of naval cooperation between the fleets of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.” The delegation will remain in China through April 25. Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the PLA, said that China was prepared to “strengthen strategic cooperation with Russia.” Moiseev was appointed by President Vladimir Putin in late March as Navy chief after several incidents in the Black Sea in which Russian ships were destroyed or disabled.

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