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Wang Yi on Four Areas of China-Russia Cooperation in the Future


On September 11, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia met the press after their talks in Moscow.

Wang Yi said, after 70 years of hardships, China-Russia relations have become more mature, stable and dynamic. As we celebrate the achievements we have made in China-Russia relations, it is necessary for us to think deeply on how to maintain, consolidate and develop China-Russia relations under the new circumstances, which is not only important for the development and revitalization of our two countries and the well-being of our peoples, but also has exemplary significance globally. The two sides, therefore, should strengthen cooperation in the following four aspects:

First, China and Russia should be supporters of international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19. Confronted with the pandemic, the international community needs solidarity rather than selfishness, cooperation rather than blame-shifting. China and Russia are willing to work with all parties to firmly support the World Health Organization, promote regular epidemic prevention and control, and make vaccines a public product accessible to all. The irresponsible act of releasing a "political virus" instead of containing the spread of the COVID-19, should be opposed, so as to create a clean political and public opinion environment for international cooperation on epidemic prevention.

Second, China and Russia should be examples of major countries living in harmony. As the world's largest countries in terms of population and territorial area respectively, China and Russia are each other's biggest neighboring country. The bigger the country is, the greater the responsibility it shoulders. The two sides will take the implementation of the consensus of the two heads of state as the core task, continue to deepen mutual political trust and strategic cooperation, seek greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasian Economic Union, and promote the mutually beneficial development of the BRI and the Greater Eurasian Partnership, so as to set an example for win-win cooperation between major countries.

Third, the two sides should be leaders in cutting-edge science and technology. China and Russia possess huge complementary advantages and potential for cooperation in developing science and technology. The two sides will take the Year of Science and Technology Innovation as an opportunity to vigorously develop and implement strategic projects, deepen cooperation in transforming scientific and technological achievements, promote two-way exchanges of talents, and encourage enterprises in areas such as high-tech and Internet to start businesses and invest in the other country, providing scientific and technological support for the practical cooperation between the two countries and respective national economy and people's livelihood.

Fourth, China and Russia should be guardians of international fairness and justice. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations (UN). The international community is undergoing a historical test of multilateralism against unilateralism, and cooperation against confrontation. As permanent members of the UN Security Council and major emerging markets, China and Russia are willing to work together with the international community to firmly safeguard the core position of the UN in international system, abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, reiterated the commitment to multilateralism, actively reform and improve the global governance system, advocate the construction of an open world economy, and join hands to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

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