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Wang Yi Talks about China-Russia Relations: The More Complicated the International Situation Is, the More Strengthened Coordination Needed

On April 5, 2018 local time, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on a working visit to Russia, jointly met the press with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia after their talks in Moscow.

Wang Yi once again extended his congratulations on the success of the Russian presidential election held not long ago and to President Vladimir Putin on his landslide re-election victory. Wang Yi said that China had also recently successfully held the Two Sessions, and President Xi Jinping was elected as President of China by a unanimous vote. The two heads of state immediately sent congratulatory telegrams to each other and then congratulated each other on the phone, which fully reflected the high level and particularity of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

Wang Yi expressed that the results of China's Two Sessions and the Russian presidential election fully demonstrated that the development paths respectively chosen by the two countries have won the wholehearted support of the peoples. We have reasons to believe that under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, the Russian people will definitely unite as one, overcome difficulties and make progress, thus constantly achieving new accomplishments in national rejuvenation and development. China will continue firmly supporting Russia in following the development path suitable to its own national conditions, in safeguarding its own rightful and legitimate rights and interests, and in playing a bigger role in regional and international affairs.

Wang Yi said that since the current international and regional situation is still full of various uncertainties, it is necessary for China and Russia, two close strategic partners, to strengthen communication and coordination. President Xi Jinping sent me as a special envoy to visit Russia this time, demonstrating that China attaches great importance to the development of China-Russia relations and showing the priority of bilateral relations in respective diplomatic agendas.

Wang Yi said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and I conducted in-depth discussions on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues, reaching extensive consensus.

We both agreed that the current China-Russia relations are in the best period of history. The two sides have actively carried out the docking between the "Belt and Road" construction and the Eurasian Economic Union, and actively advanced cooperation in major projects in such areas as energy, investment, infrastructure, aviation and aerospace. People-to-people and cultural cooperation is in full swing. China-Russia sub-national cooperation exchange year to be held this year and the next year will expand new space for China-Russia relations. The two sides have maintained sound coordination in international affairs, actively pushed forward the political settlement of hotspot issues and intensified communication and coordination within the multilateral frameworks including the United Nations (UN), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS, in a bid to jointly promote the building of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation as well as the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Wang Yi emphasized that President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin are the helmsmen of China-Russia relations. According to the practice of the annual exchange of visits between the two heads of state, President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit China this year. The two heads of state will also hold meetings on multiple important bilateral and multilateral occasions. Both sides will make joint efforts and spare no effort to well prepare for a series of significant exchanges between the two heads of state within this year and well implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state.

Wang Yi said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and I also had exchanged in-depth views on major international issues of common concern. We both agreed that China and Russia, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, shall strengthen cooperation more against the increasingly complicated international situation. Both sides should make communication and coordination with the other side a priority in respective diplomatic work, strengthen coordination in respective major policies and actions and make joint efforts to safeguard peace and stability of the region and the world.

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