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Wang Yi Meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
2021-10-31 09:45

On October 30, 2021 local time,  State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Russian Foreign Minister  Sergey Lavrov in Rome.

Wang Yi said, the intensive  "cloud contacts" between President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart  Vladimir Putin, and their participation in diplomatic events hosted by the other  side via video link in the last two months fully demonstrate the two countries'  firm support for each other, effectively promote bilateral pragmatic  cooperation, and actively lead major international agendas. China is willing to  work with Russia, under the guidance of head-of-state diplomacy, to make good  preparations for bilateral high-level exchange in the next stage, so as to push  for greater development of China-Russia relations.

Wang Yi said, China highly values  President Putin's remarks that China is Russia's most reliable comprehensive  strategic partner of coordination. China is willing to work with Russia to  promote the building of a new type of international relations and a community  with a shared future for mankind, hold high the banner of multilateralism, stay  committed to the correct path and oppose dishonest practices such as "small  circles", "false democracy" and "new Cold War".

Lavrov said, the recent frequent  interactions between the two heads of state have pushed Russia-China relations  to a historic new high. Russia is willing to work with China to actively  implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, prepare  well for the meetings between the two heads of state and regular meetings  between the two prime ministers, thus promoting more results in cooperation in  various fields.

The two sides agreed to  strengthen the coordination and synergy of COVID-19 prevention measures to curb  the cross-border spread of the pandemic, and meanwhile, provide convenience for  personnel exchanges and trade on the premise of regular prevention and control  of the pandemic.

The two sides agreed to  strengthen communication and coordination under such multilateral frameworks as  the United Nations and the Group of 20, and jointly safeguard the norms  governing international relations and legitimate rights and interests of the two  countries.

The two sides agreed to take  China's presidency of the BRICS next year as an opportunity to further deepen  BRICS cooperation.

The two sides agreed to carry out  cooperation between China and the Collective Security Treaty Organization,  strengthen communication and coordination on issues such as the Afghan issue and  the Iranian nuclear issue, so as to jointly safeguard regional security and  stability.

Both sides expressed grave  concerns over the establishment of a trilateral security partnership of AUKUS  among the United States, Britain and Australia and over their cooperation on  nuclear-powered submarines. Both sides said that the AUKUS is a typical military  group, and their attempt to form "small cliques" is unpopular and doomed to fail  because it is against the trend of times featuring peace, cooperation and  development.

Commenting on the so-called  "Leaders' Summit for Democracy", the two sides said, we will make clear our  positions and expound correct views on democracy, development and human rights  to the international community. Wang Yi emphasized that, democracy is a common  value of mankind and a right of people in all countries, rather than an  exclusive privilege of a few countries. Forcing other countries to accept a  unilaterally recognized so-called "democracy" will only be counterproductive. It  is a typical move against democracy to label other countries as "authoritarian"  just because they choose different paths to achieve democracy.

Both sides also agreed to  maintain strategic communication, assess bilateral cooperation in a timely  manner, and coordinate each other's positions and joint actions.

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