China marks the 70th anniversary since the end of World War II, as well as the anniversary of victory over Japan. A large-scale military parade with the participation of 12,000 troops was organized in Beijing in honor of these dates. The parade showcased Chinese state-of-the-art military hardware. Representatives of 20 states and governments, including Russian President Putin, visited the Chinese capital for the celebrations. Yet, Western leaders did not come to China.
Gleb Ivashentsov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia:
"The outcome of WWII changed the development of the international situation. The monopoly of the West in international affairs was eliminated. The Soviet Union rose, China rose as well. This led to the destruction of the colonial system of imperialism. The West still can not make up with it."
In the first half of 2015, the trade turnover between Russia and China fell by almost 30%. The relations between the countries have become a little more intense.
"Russia and China have enough resources to come out of any critical situation. In monetary terms, the turnover may have reduced, but it does not mean that in real terms it has dropped as well. Russia and China have large long-term projects that last for decades."