An unnamed Russian diplomat has dismissed concerns reportedly expressed by Tapei over Russia’s growing military cooperation with China. The Taiwanese government was said to be especially anxious over Beijing’s plans to build Su-27 jet fighters under a Russian license. The diplomat said that Russia has no official relations with Taiwan, that Moscow will develop relations with Beijing as it pleases, and that Russia has no intention of pursuing military-technical cooperation with Taiwan. (Itar-Tass, May 15)
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