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Yang Jiechi Attends the 10th Meeting of the BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues via Videolink

On September 17, 2020, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, attended the 10th Meeting of the BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues via videolink in Beijing. Secretary of the National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev of the Russian Federation chaired the meeting. Head of Brazil's Institutional Security Office Augusto Heleno, Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, and South African State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo attended the meeting.

Yang Jiechi said, confronted with the challenges of COVID-19, BRICS countries have maintained development momentum in cooperation across the board and demonstrated firm determination to unite and cooperate to tide over the difficulties together. We need to consolidate the three pillar areas of BRICS cooperation, translate the important consensus reached by the leaders into concrete actions, further deepen strategic mutual trust, solidarity and cooperation, and strengthen dialogue and cooperation with other emerging markets and developing countries, so as to make greater contributions to safeguarding world peace and development.

Yang Jiechi pointed out, unilateralism, protectionism and bullying have seriously impacted international relations and security order currently. BRICS countries, therefore, should take the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN) as an opportunity to firmly uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, defend the international order underpinned by international law and the international system with the UN at its core, and send out a strong BRICS voice for multilateralism together. BRICS countries should strengthen coordination on major international issues, oppose the Cold War mentality and ideological confrontation, and safeguard our common interests and the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries. BRICS countries should commit to seeking security through equality, promoting security through development, and striving for security through cooperation. BRICS countries should also jointly promote the political settlement of hotspot issues and strengthen global cooperation on non-traditional security issues so as to achieve common development.

With an in-depth exchange of views on regional and international hotspot issues, bio-security, counter terrorism and cybersecurity, all sides agreed to strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation and jointly uphold international law, international rules and multilateralism. They also recognized the necessity to continuously support the World Health Organization in playing a leading role and strengthen BRICS countries' cooperation in bio-security governance and vaccine research and development, hence to jointly promote the well-being of mankind. All sides agreed to continue to work together for fruitful results at the BRICS Leaders' Meeting to be held in November this year.

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