Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers’ meeting in New Delhi, December 11, 2017


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Dear Mr Minister,

Dear friend,

I completely agree with what you said. The outgoing year (we will review it today) was very eventful in terms of foreign policy. We had five top-level meetings, including an official visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russia. Last month, our heads of government had a very successful meeting. We also further developed our humanitarian ties. I’d like to mention that this September the first Russian-Chinese university opened in Shenzhen. We have also held reciprocal years of Russian and Chinese media, have been developing regional contacts and of course our foreign ministries have worked in close coordination, which has largely influenced the international agenda. I hope that today we will discuss what steps we should take next year to further advance Russian-Chinese strategic partnership and interaction.

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