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Last Friday, China and Russia agreed to increase bilateral military cooperation. This agreement comes a decade after the two countries signed the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation. In the years that followed this treaty, the strategic cooperation between China and Russia blossomed at an unprecedented rate. This pragmatic cooperation has benefited economically in the forms of trade, energy, infrastructure, and science. It has also increased political trust, and as permanent members on the UN Security Council, they commonly agree and support one another on sensitive issues. They also agreed in 2009 to notify each other of missile launches. Aside from their bilateral cooperation, Russian-Chinese cooperation has spread beyond their borders; both countries are part of BRICS, a partnership of quickly developing nations which lately has been showing solidarity when voting on international military decisions. In a TV interview in April 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proclaimed that Russian-Chinese relations were at the highest point in the history of Russian-China contacts, yet stressed that now is not the time to relax efforts. Investment cooperation is one avenue Medvedev hopes to use to encourage more cooperation.
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