China, Russia Top Brass Hold First Hot Line Chat
Top brass from the Chinese and Russian armies hailed closer ties in their first-ever conversation Monday over a newly installed military hot line, state media reported Monday.
China’s People’s Liberation Army chief Chen Bingde called the hot line a sign of pragmatic cooperation and growing political trust, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.
Chen’s Russian counterpart, Nikolay Makarov, said the link would promote regular communication on military matters. Discussions also touched on bilateral issues and those involving the region and world, Xinhua said, without giving details.
The link officially opened March 14, and it wasn’t clear why it had not been inaugurated before.