Cooperation with China, other countries in region important part of Russia's naval doctrine

Further friendship with China is among priorities of the national maritime policy in the Pacific area, according to the Russian naval doctrine, a new version of which was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 26.

Further friendship with China is among priorities of the national maritime policy in the Pacific area, according to the Russian naval doctrine, a new version of which was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 26.

"An important component of the national maritime policy in the Pacific regional area is the developing of friendly ties with China, as well as the growing of the positive cooperation with other nations in the region," according to the naval doctrine posted on the president's official site.

Long-term goals in this area include "reducing the level of threats to Russia's national security and providing strategic stability in the region; developing the forces (troops) and bases of the Pacific Fleet, as well as the forces and equipment of the FSB (Federal Security Service) authorities and increasing their quantitative and qualitative parameters; overcoming the economic and infrastructural isolation of the maritime regions from the rest of Russia by intensifying the maritime activity and developing the maritime infrastructure," the document reads.

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