China purchases ‘fighter jets, submarines from Russia’

London: China has reportedly agreed to purchase 24 fighter jets and four submarines from Russia.

According to China’s state-run media, this is the first time in a decade that China has made a large-scale military purchase from Russia.

Two of the submarines will be built in Russia and two in China.

The deal, signed just before last weekend's visit to Moscow by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, comes as both sides increase military co-operation, the BBC reports.

According to a report by Communist Party organ the People''s Daily and China Central Television (CCTV), China is buying 24 Su-35 fighters and four Lada-class submarines.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Moscow from Friday to Sunday for talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

The two countries are also pursuing a number of deals for Russia to supply Chinese industry with oil and liquefied natural gas, the report said.