Wang Yi stresses efforts to enhance cooperation with Russia

Wang Yi stresses efforts to enhance cooperation with Russia

WANG Yi, director of the Office of the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, met with Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, in South Africa’s Johannesburg on Monday.

During the meeting, Wang said China-Russia relations have withstood the test of major changes in international politics and become more mature, resilient, and vigorous.

China is willing to further strengthen strategic communication with Russia, enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen the synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union, and intensify coordination and cooperation at the bilateral, regional, and international levels, Wang said.

Wang underlined that the two sides should work together to oppose hegemonic and high-handed acts, enrich the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for the new era, and inject new impetus into a multi-polar world and democratization of international relations.

Hailing BRICS cooperation in recent years with both practical outcomes and institutional progress, he stressed that the BRICS countries are all major emerging markets and developing countries that play important roles in the world.

China is ready to work closely with Russia and other BRICS countries to further strengthen BRICS cooperation in a bid to safeguard the common interests of developing countries, Wang added.

And similarly, Patrushev said Russia is willing to strengthen strategic communication with China, expand practical cooperation, and deepen coordination and cooperation within the frameworks, including BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, to inject more stability into a volatile world.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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