Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with His Counterparts of New Zealand, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Russia and Pakistan
On July 22, 2011, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met respectively with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully, DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on the sidelines of series of foreign ministers' meetings of ASEAN Regional Forum in Bali, Indonesia.
During the bilateral meeting between Yang and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully, the two ministers agreed that the two countries have maintained good momentum of development and deepened cooperation in economy and trade, culture, education and tourism. The two sides will take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year, foster new highlights of bilateral ties and bring the bilateral relations to a new height. Yang introduced the China-ASEAN agreement on the guidelines of implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), which McCully appreciated. Both sides also exchanged views on the East Asia Summit, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues.
When meeting with DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun, Yang said the Chinese-DPRK friendship is a precious treasure to each other and bilateral ties are developing very well. The two countries should continue maintaining high-level exchanges, deepening economic and trade cooperation, expanding people-to-people and cultural interaction and enhancing multi-lateral coordination. Pak expressed full agreement with Yang's views. He said the DPRK proposes to resume the six-party talks unconditionally as soon as possible and it is willing to get into contact with related parties. Yang appreciated the DPRK's position, stressing that the six-party talks, DPRK-ROK dialogue and DPRK-US dialogue can complement with and promote each other.
During the bilateral meeting between Yang and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the two sides said they will make joint efforts to implement the consensus reached by the two countries' leaders and continuously advance their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. The two sides also hope to further enhance their cooperation in international and Asia-Pacific regional mechanisms, including the frameworks of the Asia-Europe Meeting, ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asia Summit. The Russian side praised the agreement reached by China and ASEAN countries on the guidelines of implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and it objected to internationalization or regionalization of the South China Sea issue. Both sides also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, expressing willingness to work together to safeguard stability on the Peninsula, push forward contacts among all parties and resume the six-party talks as soon as possible.
When meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Yang said this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Pakistan diplomatic relationship as well as China-Pakistan Friendship Year agreed upon by both sides. China is willing to work with Pakistan to boost the "all-weather" strategic cooperative partnership to a new height, he said. Hina said the two countries are true strategic partners and the Pakistan-China relationship is far beyond Pakistan's relationship with other countries. Pakistan regards China as a pillar of maintaining Asia-Pacific stability and will continue strengthening coordination with China in international and multilateral affairs. Both sides also exchanged views on the situation in South Asia, Afghanistan and other issues.