China, Russia ‘more determined’ to boost ties: FM Wang Yi

Mar 30, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, Moscow and Beijing are “more determined” to develop bilateral ties and boost cooperation, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday following a meeting in eastern China with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, amid the Ukraine crisis.

“Both sides are more determined to develop bilateral ties, and are more confident in promoting cooperation in various fields,” Wang said.

“China is willing to work with Russia to take China-Russian ties to a higher level in a new era under the guidance of the consensus reached by the heads of state,” he said.

Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the two leaders also condemned illegal and anti-Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine. Wang and Lavrov spoke in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, where China is hosting a two-day multilateral summit on Afghanistan.

Russia’s foreign ministry said, “The sides noted the counterproductive nature of the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and its satellites,”

The meeting comes a month after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine, calling it a “special operation”, an action that drew ire and resulted in Western economic sanctions.

Russia is looking to China for support and partnership as it becomes more and more isolated from the global financial system and supply chain. China has refused to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine or call it an attack. He reiterated his support for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine on Wednesday.

Russia’s foreign ministry said Lavrov had briefed Wang on the progress of military operations in Ukraine and the status of Moscow’s talks with Kyiv.

The two foreign ministers said Russia and China would continue to strengthen their strategic partnership and to speak on global affairs “with a united voice”, it added.

China’s foreign ministry quoted Wang as saying that bilateral relations had “withstood the test of international turbulence”.

Lavrov said on Monday that Russia’s relations with China were at their strongest level ever.

On the eve of last month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and Russia declared a “no-limits” strategic partnership.

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