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China aligned with Russia on Mideast policies

China is hailing its comprehensive and collaborative partnership with Russia with regard to regional and international issues. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang underscored that both nations are “also permanent members of the UN Security Council,” who he said “share similar positions and views on important regional and international issues.”

“We maintain close communication as always, which injects positive energy and stability into the fluctuating international landscape,” said the government spokesperson, adding that his nation “stands ready to strengthen coordination and cooperation with Russia to uphold international justice and regional stability and peace.”

The statements came amid an apparent policy realignment of Western powers vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. And while Beijing actively aspires to bolster its Mideast involvement, Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to secure Moscow’s regional interests. After making a surprise visit to the Syrian capital Damascus, he travelled to Istanbul for a series of high-level meetings with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A senior Russian source told TV7 that while President Putin’s visit was primarily focused on his nation’s interests in Libya as well as other bilateral economic matters, Putin and Erdogan also held elaborate discussions on regional tensions vis-à-vis the United States and Iran.