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    China Says Naval Cooperation Important for Relations With Russia

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    Russia-China naval cooperation is important for relations between the two superpowers, a source in the Chinese Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Wednesday in reference to the recently announced Russian Maritime Doctrine.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia’s newly amended Maritime Doctrine took effect Sunday upon approval from President Vladimir Putin. The Doctrine underscored friendly relations with China in the Pacific Ocean as a key element of Russia’s naval policy.

    "Business cooperation in the naval sphere plays and important role in the development of trusting strategic bilateral relations," the ministry stated.

    The two countries have conducted joint naval exercises, provided convoys for vessels and exchanged expertise, the statement said.

    According to the ministry, cooperation between the two countries contributes to peace and stability in the region and throughout the world.

    On July 17, Russia and China signed a protocol to conduct additional joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan at the end of August.

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