Wang Yi: China Holds Full Confidence in China-Russia Relations


On March 11, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia in Moscow. While they jointly met the press after the talks, Wang Yi expressed the prospect of the China-Russia relations with four “full confidence.” He said:

First, China holds full confidence in the development of Russia. At present, with the sluggish growth of world economy, major economies including Russia have faced some challenges at varying degrees. Russia is a major country which boasts profound foundation and abundant resources, and the Russian people fully have the abilities and conditions to overcome temporary difficulties to achieve the goal of national development and revitalization.

Second, China holds full confidence in the prospect of the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia. Based on equality, mutual trust and support, the China-Russia relationship is mature, stable, and solid enough to withstand the tests of ever-changing international situations and will not vary with any event at a particular time.

Third, China holds full confidence in the prospect of pragmatic cooperation between China and Russia. With high economic complementarity and great cooperative needs, China and Russia enjoy large endogenous impetus and broad space for development. Both sides are exploring the potential, broadening the way of thinking, and innovating the mode, so as to make the road of China-Russia pragmatic cooperation increasingly wider and the cooperative results more and more fruitful.

Fourth, China holds confidence in the docking cooperation of the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union, which reflects our political desire for common development and the large demands for pragmatic cooperation. As the docking work progresses smoothly, China believes that more cooperative fruits will gradually appear.