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Yang Jiechi Chairs the 12th Round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation

2016/09/12

On September 12, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev of Russia co-chaired the 12th round of China-Russia strategic security consultation in Beijing.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin, China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has achieved in-depth development and the depth and scope of coordination between both countries are unprecedented. The two heads of state just held their third meeting this year during the G20 Hangzhou Summit and reached important consensus on the further development of bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, injecting new and powerful impetus into China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

Yang Jiechi stressed that current international and regional situation is undergoing profound changes. As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and major emerging markets, China and Russia share broad common interests and shoulder important responsibilities in safeguarding regional and international peace and stability. The two sides should maintain close communication, effectively implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, continue to strengthen communication, consultation and coordination in strategic security, increase mutual support and further deepen coordination and collaboration in international affairs, so as to translate the high-level bilateral relations into more tangible achievements in cooperation.

Nikolai Patrushev said that Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is at the highest level in history. On this occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Russia-China strategic partnership of coordination and the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation between Russia and China, the Russian side is ready to work with China to fully implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, continue to strengthen strategic communication and coordination and jointly maintain the world order on the basis of the international law and state sovereignty, so as to boost peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.

The two sides also held in-depth consultation and exchanges on the Korean Peninsula situation, the Central Asia situation, BRICS cooperation and relevant regional hotspot issues, reaching broad consensus. Both sides agreed that nuclear test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is not conducive to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. At present, efforts should be devoted to avoiding the further escalation of tension or even loss of control of the peninsula situation and pull the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation. China and Russia firmly oppose the US' deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system in the Republic of Korea. Both sides will continue to strengthen communication and coordination to jointly safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

The two sides agreed to continue to make full use of the mechanism of China-Russia strategic security consultation to push for further development of bilateral strategic security cooperation.

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