Russian defense minister to visit China on Dec. 9-11

Russian defense minister to visit China on Dec. 9-11
# 09 December 2008 11:00 (UTC +04:00)
A spokesman for the ministry said Anatoly Serdyukov will attend a meeting of a joint intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation and security, and will meet with his Chinese counterpart Col. Gen. Liang Guanglie.

"The sides are planning to discuss bilateral military cooperation and a number of issues in the sphere of global and regional security," the spokesman said.

China, along with India, is a key buyer of Russian weaponry, including combat aircraft, air defense missile systems, and a variety of naval equipment.

Russia and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional security bloc which is widely seen as a counterweight to NATO’s influence in Eurasia.
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