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Yang Jiechi Attends "Developing-Five" Gathering, Meets Russian, British Counterparts

On September 27, 2008, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi attended a foreign ministers' meeting of China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico, and held separate talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

At the foreign ministers’ meeting of the five developing nations, Yang said strengthening cooperation and coordination among China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico in international affairs is conducive to maintaining the common interests of the five countries and those of other developing countries, and to advancing South-South cooperation and South-North dialogues. At the meeting, the five foreign ministers had in-depth exchange of ideas on such issues as food security, climate change, and financial stability, and discussed furthering cooperation among the five nations.

During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Yang said China and Russia have had frequent high-level exchanges this year, with substantial progress in their pragmatic cooperation in various fields. Both sides have further enriched the content and consolidated the foundation of the Sino-Russian strategic partnership of cooperation, bringing into play the potentials of bilateral cooperation. Yang said the two sides should have further closer exchanges and strengthen coordination to constantly advance bilateral cooperation for new achievements.

Lavrov, for his part, said Russia is actively implementing relevant consensuses reached by the presidents of both countries, with sound progress in cooperation in various fields. He added that Russia stands ready to work together with China to deepen pragmatic cooperation and further elevate the level of the Russia-China strategic partnership of cooperation.

When meeting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Yang said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reached many consensuses during their meeting on the sidelines of the high-level meeting on Millennium Development Goals. He expressed the hope that the two sides would do a good job in implementing the consensuses reached by the leaders so as to facilitate further development of bilateral ties. Yang and Miliband exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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