China and Russia sign deal on maritime law enforcement

  • China and Russia have signed an agreement to work together in maritime law enforcement following a meeting that took place in a Russian city inside the Arctic Circle, not far from the border with new Nato member Finland.
  • China’s coastguard and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 25 Apr. The details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
  • State broadcaster CCTV said the agreement was the outcome of a two-day meeting between the Chinese coastguard and the FSB that concluded on 25 Apr.
  • According to CCTV, the two sides said they would “actively promote maritime law enforcement cooperation, join hands to build a maritime community of destiny, and make every effort to serve the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Russia in the new era”.
  • The two sides said they would implement the consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meetings. The two leaders described the ties between the countries as a “no-limits” partnership in a joint statement signed in 2022.

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