America trying to crack China-Russia friendship: Chinese officials


China has accused the US of trying to crack the friendship between China and Russia. China said on Friday that the strategic partnership between the two countries is strong enough to withstand pressure.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said this in response to a question on the alleged remarks of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov said in a statement that Russia and China would, under any circumstances, run according to Western rules, such a view is very flawed.

In an interview to a channel, Lavrov said that the US is ignoring diplomatic principles and has asked Russia to help control China. Asked for a response, Zhao said that Washington is trying to create a rift between Beijing and Moscow.

Zhao said that in response to a country's effort to create a rift between the two countries, Lavrov has repeatedly expressed opposition. Lavrov has strongly criticized such efforts and big countries do not behave like this.