Wang Yi Speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the Phone

On June 4, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province.

Wang Yi said that the guidance of the heads of state is the fundamental guarantee for China-Russia relations featuring steady development and long-lasting vitality. Last month, President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin jointly witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony of a nuclear energy cooperation project via video link, which injected strong "nuclear impetus" into the development of bilateral relations. The two sides should focus on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia Treaty of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation, prepare for upcoming key high-level exchanges, fully implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, and advance cooperation in various fields in a coordinated manner in the post-pandemic era. The two sides should translate the high-level political mutual trust and traditional friendship between China and Russia into more cooperation achievements, aiming for an ever closer and down-to-earth relationship and setting a fine example of developing a new type of relations between major countries.

Wang Yi said that in the context of the all-round China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era, both sides should make joint efforts to continuously expand mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation between China and Russia in various fields. Since the beginning of this year, bilateral pragmatic cooperation has got off to a good start and moved forward despite headwinds, demonstrating a strong momentum of development. Bilateral trade volume exceeded 40 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months, up 19.8 percent year-on-year and on track to a record high for the whole year. The construction of four nuclear power units kicked off smoothly not long ago, and that the two sides reached consensus on building an international lunar research station. These major achievements have become important symbols of China-Russia all-round cooperation. China and Russia have made remarkable achievements in jointly fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, setting a good example for global anti-virus cooperation, while cautioning against complacency in the face of a new wave of virus transmission. Both sides should further expand professional and technical cooperation in pandemic prevention and control, strengthen coordination between the two countries' professional departments over unified testing standards, data and information sharing, joint scientific research, border pandemic prevention and control, as well as mutual recognition of health certificates for international travel, and jointly respond to challenges in the post-pandemic era.

Wang Yi said that the all-weather China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has withstood numerous changes in the international landscape, emphasizing that China and Russia have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning their core interests. Russia has upheld justice on international and multilateral occasions to support China's legitimate position, in response to a smear campaign against China by the United States and some other Western countries and their gross intervention in China's internal affairs by manipulating human rights-related topics. During the virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the BRICS countries days earlier, you once again spoke up for China on the issue of coronavirus origin-tracing, and slammed the Western countries led by the U.S. for fabricating lies and slandering. China highly appreciates that and we will also provide full political support for Russia to safeguard its own legitimate rights and interests.

Wang Yi said that the United States has sought a clique under the guise of democracy, meddled in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of human rights, and pursued a path of unilateralism in the name of multilateralism. As responsible major countries and permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, China and Russia should work together to expose and oppose these perverse practices, firmly maintain the international system with the UN at its core and the international order based on international law, uphold international fairness and justice and safeguard world peace and stability.

Sergey Lavrov said that the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has advanced vigorously and achieved fruitful results, and the Russian side is satisfied with the high level of the two countries' relations. A series of activities held by both countries to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Russia-China Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation will further solidify public and social support for the friendship between the two countries. Russia will work together with China to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, support efforts to synergize the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative, and proactively advance bilateral cooperation in various fields, so as to add new dimensions to Russia-China good neighborliness and friendship. Facing the severe challenges of the pandemic, Russia hopes to strengthen anti-virus cooperation with China, optimize customs clearance process, speed up the transportation of goods, and jointly enhance the safe and efficient operation of ports, with the aim to boost economic recovery. Russia is willing to keep close strategic coordination with China on international and regional issues, firmly support each other on issues concerning their core interests, resolutely oppose hegemonism, unswervingly support multilateralism, jointly safeguard world peace and stability and uphold international fairness and justice.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views, coordinated positions and reached broad consensus over a series of international and regional issues of common concern.

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