23 March 202106:10

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi, Guilin, March 23, 2021

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Mr Minister, dear friend,

I am delighted to meet with you again, as you have said, for the 51st time, in the wonderful city of Guilin. I am confident that today we will take one more step towards expanding our strategic cooperation and multifaceted partnership.

In the past 12 months, during the fight against the coronavirus infection, we have once again seen that the Chinese people possess such outstanding qualities as discipline and perseverance. I firmly believe that our relationship symbolises relations between our countries and peoples. Our friendship reflects the solid and neighbourly bond between Russia and China. Acting in line with the tasks that were formulated by the leaders of our countries, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, as well as agreements at the level of heads of government (the 25th meeting in this format was held recently), we must bolster all these agreements and move towards achieving foreign policy goals set by our leaders.

As you have noted, the global situation is not becoming any simpler. It is increasingly characterised by the attempts of our Western colleagues to ensure their domination, by hook or by crook, disregarding the objective pace of history that facilitates the establishment of a multipolar international order. We need to mobilise our supporters while defending justice and the principles of the UN Charter which, as I have repeatedly said, are being increasingly ignored by Western colleagues. They are trying to invent their own rules and to impose them on all others.

I am convinced that draft documents that the two of us will sign today meet the current demands. The joint statement by the foreign ministers of Russia and China on some issues of global governance in the modern conditions and the Plan of Consultations between the foreign ministries of Russia and China for 2021 are very timely documents. They will help advance our coordination more clearly and effectively.

This year, we will mark a number of important events, including the 20th anniversary of the Treaty on Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation. The leaders of Russia and China are planning to make a statement in connection with this anniversary. Our task is to prepare it well.

On the whole, I completely share your desire to continue using cooperation between our foreign ministries to strengthen the positions of our countries on the international scene in full compliance with the principles of international law and the UN Charter.

Thank you.

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