SOCHI — China-Russia relations are increasingly mature, stable and resilient, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Sochi on May 13 after meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
At a joint press conference following their talks, Wang said China and Russia have completed an extraordinary journey over the past 70 years of diplomatic relations, and the two neighbors have now pushed their partnership to the highest level in history.
China-Russia relations have withstood various international and domestic challenges, Wang said.
The comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between the two countries, which is built on strong political mutual trust and firm mutual support, has no intention of sowing discord with any third country, he said.
No matter what changes occur in the world, China and Russia will deepen cooperation and strengthen their strategic partnership, Wang said.
He said President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia next month, when Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will sum up seven decades of bilateral ties.
The aim is to improve the quality of China-Russia relations and jointly usher in a new era of partnership featuring greater development at a higher level, Wang said.
Trade between the two countries hit a record of over $100 billion last year, Wang recalled.
Wang said he and Lavrov agreed that acting unilaterally in the world and bullying are unpopular and doomed to fail. Defaming others with rumors or slapping sanctions to create pressure may work in the short term but will eventually fail.
China and Russia are willing to work with other countries to firmly maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core, and resolutely preserve the international order with international law as its basis, he said.
The two countries will firmly uphold multilateralism and seek a more open world economy, build a community with a shared future for humankind, and jointly tackle global challenges, Wang said.