The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday called on the United States and Russia to properly handle disagreements through friendly negotiation.
Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked to comment on a possible improvement in US-Russia ties following Donald Trump's upcoming presidential inauguration.
The question, which was raised at a routine press briefing, came after the US government's announcement on Thursday about tough sanctions against Russian entities and ejection of 35 Russian officials.
Hua said the Chinese side expects "smooth development" of relations between the United States and Russia, and stressed the two countries have major responsibilities in promoting world peace and development.
Enhancing cooperation and facilitating sound interaction among China, the United States and Russia are in line with the fundamental interests of the three countries and peoples, Hua said.
Hua expressed China's willingness to deepen exchanges with the United States and Russia and to jointly deal with global challenges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's appreciation of the China-Russia partnership during his annual year-end press conference demonstrated Russia's positive attitude, Hua said, adding that both sides agree their mature bilateral ties will not be altered.
China vows to work with Russia to consolidate the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and protect world peace, security and stability, Hua said.
(Story from China Daily)