Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have said their countries would coordinate steps against missile dangers and the spread of ballistic missile technology, Interfax reported on Monday.
The leaders took issue with any antimissile efforts deemed to endanger the balance of power between countries, Putin and Xi added in shared remarks after conferring in Moscow on Friday. Both nations have expressed worry about advancing U.S. ballistic missile defense programs in Europe and Asia.
Chinese state media reported the governments are planning stepped-up collaboration in preparing military gear, including technical collaboration tied to Russia's S-400 missile defense system, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. China also intends to acquire 24 Russian fighter aircraft and four submarines, according to the report.