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Chinese, Russian FMs hold talks on ties

Updated: Apr 24,2018 8:50 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on April 23.

Wang called on both countries to prepare well for the next stage of high-level exchanges in line with the consensus reached by the two presidents, forge ahead with cooperation in various areas, and enhance coordination within multilateral frameworks so as to inject new impetus into China-Russia relations.

China and Russia need to enhance coordination whether it is out of the needs of maintaining their own interests or to safeguard world peace and stability, said Wang.

It is not a temporary means nor it will be affected by external factors that the two countries enhance strategic coordination, he said.

It is a strategic choice rooted in the fundamental interests of both peoples as well as an inevitable historical result that complies with the trend of times and the global trend of peace and development, he said.

China attaches great importance to mature and stable strategic relations with high-level mutual trust with Russia, Wang said.

Lavrov said it has always been Russia’s priority to develop the Russia-China comprehensive partnership of strategic coordination.

Russia will work with China to make sure that the two presidents have successful meetings and the bilateral ties make new progress, he said.

On the Korean Peninsula issue, Wang said the announcement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that it will stop nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches is a very important step toward a political solution to the denuclearization of the peninsula and is conducive to easing regional tensions.

Wang said China hopes that the leaders’ meetings between the DPRK and the Republic of Korea (ROK), and between the DPRK and the United States will be successful so that the correct path will be opened for lasting peace on the peninsula.

He said China and Russia, sharing similar views on the Korean Peninsula issue, need to further enhance coordination and communication under the new circumstances in order to make their contribution to the political settlement of the issue.

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