Fears of World War 3 have been sparked once more as China and Russia begin working out a potential "no-limits" military alliance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Defence Minister Li Shangfu have commended their military work together and drawn up worrying plans which may strengthen their militaristic powers.
Their meeting together follows on from a separate event attended by Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping, where the pair were heard talking of their "no limits" partnership.
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That lack of limits appears to now extend to their military might, with Putin himself saying Mr Shangfu has a "rich working program" in Russia.
Putin said: "We are working actively through our military departments, regularly exchange useful information, work together in the field of military-technical cooperation, and hold joint exercises."
The statement, reported by Newsweek, has led to some United States military experts believing China could be preparing to supply Russia with "lethal equipment".
CIA Director William Burns said he is "confident that the Chinese leadership is considering the provision of lethal equipment."
The allegation has since angered members of the Chinese foreign ministry, with Wang Wenbin slamming the CIA statement as a way of "shifting blame and spreading disinformation" toward Xi Jingping's China.
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Wenbin said: "The U.S. has no right to give orders to China, and we have never accepted the U.S.'s finger-pointing at China-Russia relations, let alone pressure or coercion."
China has consistently maintained they would not supply Russia with arms to be used in the Ukrainian war.
The Daily Star had previously reported plans from Putin that would see troops from both China and North Korea come together in a "peace" force to be deployed in Ukraine.
Russian mouthpiece Vladimir Solovyov said: "I look forward to seeing volunteers from China and North Korea," which Ukraine internaal minister Anton Gersshchenko hit back at.
The internal minister said: "Solovyev looks forward to seeing volunteers from China and North Korea fighting for Russia."
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