Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Attends China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers Meeting
On April 13, 2012, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna attended the 11th China-Russia-India Foreign Ministers Meeting in Moscow, Russia. The three foreign ministers had an in-depth exchange of views on deepening trilateral cooperation as well as major international and regional issues of common concern and reached important consensus.
Yang made positive comments on trilateral cooperation, saying the mechanism served as an important platform for the emerging countries to seek peace, cooperation and development and demonstrated their will to promote mutually beneficial cooperation that did not target any third party. He said the cooperative mechanism of China, Russia and India had strong vitality. China advocated pragmatic cooperation and political dialogue in an equal, cooperative and mutually beneficial way, in a bid to raise the level of cooperation among the emerging countries and guide the trilateral and multilateral cooperation in the new situation, he said.
During the meeting, the three countries agreed the world was undergoing complicated and profound changes and becoming irreversibly multi-polar, with emerging and developing countries playing bigger roles than ever before in international affairs. China, Russia and India, all emerging countries and members of the U.N. Security Council, were responsible for safeguarding peace, development and stability in the world, the three said.
Meanwhile, they also agreed to enhance their cooperation in the U.N., the G20 group, BRICS and other multilateral mechanisms, in order to facilitate regional prosperity and stability and global economic recovery and development. The three countries would also promote multilateralism and democratization of international relations and contribute to building a harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity, they said.
They also discussed several major international and regional hot issues and expressed their support to the international community's positive role in solving them. The countries believed settlement of the issues should be based on the principles of the U.N. Charter and universally-acknowledged norms governing international relations and respect should be given to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of each country. The U.N. should play a more active role in promoting peace talks and support political and diplomatic efforts to peacefully solve the issues, they said.
The three sides also highly praised their pragmatic cooperation and the achievements they have made since their last meeting in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in 2010, saying there was still room for further cooperation. They agreed to expand their cooperation and tap potential in disaster reduction and relief, medical care, agriculture, business, think tanks and new energy to promote trilateral pragmatic cooperation for the benefit of the three peoples.
After the meeting, the foreign ministers signed a joint communiqué and jointly met the press.