Team finds suspected Soviet WWII remains
The report did not specify exactly how many remains were discovered, but cited a Russian expert as saying they included several pieces of bone and will need further work to identify them.
According to previous reports it was their first such joint search.
Beijing and Moscow, allies and then adversaries during the Cold War, have over the past quarter century found common ground internationally and often take similar stands at the U.N. Security Council where they have permanent veto powers.
They have also developed increasingly closer economic ties as mainland China eyes the vast hydrocarbon resources of Russia, which is seeking stable markets amid Western sanctions over its annexation of Crimea and fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Soviet troops entered China’s Manchuria region on Aug. 9, 1945, six days before the surrender of Japan, which had invaded wide areas of China in the 1930s and established a puppet regime in the northeast.
As well as the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, the Soviet entry into the conflict is seen as a major factor hastening Japan’s suing for peace.
Both mainland China and Russia continue to have fraught relations with Japan.
Beijing frequently criticizes Tokyo over its attitude towards the war and is at odds with it over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
Russia and Japan, meanwhile, have yet to sign a peace treaty to formally conclude the war, as Tokyo demands the return of islands off its northern coast seized by Soviet troops in the war’s closing days.
Both Russia and mainland China are planning major commemorations of the war’s end.
Mainland troops will participate in a parade on May 9 in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II, though Western leaders are largely staying away over Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict.
Beijing, meanwhile, has announced that it will hold a parade later this year to celebrate victory over Japan as well as the broader global defeat of fascism.