The central task in China-Russia ties is to translate the high-level political relationship into more pragmatic cooperation and coordination in international affairs, Xi told visiting Sergei Naryshkin, head of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament.
Even as the US continues with what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in the South China Sea, China has got support from Moscow on the dispute.
Attempts to internationalize the issue must be stopped, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said repeatedly in the last few weeks.
“I am convinced that they (attempts to internationalize the issue) are completely counterproductive,” said Lavrov. “Only negotiations, which China and the ASEAN are pursuing can bring the desired result, namely, mutually acceptable agreements.”