China is ready to work with Russia to make comprehensive preparations for future high-level interactions and make plans for further cooperation in various areas, Chinese State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Minister Wang Congratulated the Russian side on successfully hosting the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member Countries and the Meeting of Chinese, Russian and Indian Foreign Ministers, which have sent a clear signal that the Countries stick to multilateralism, protect the authority of international law and preserve the norms of international relations.

Under the strategic leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, bilateral ties have withstood the tests of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing international situations this year, Wang said, adding that in both countries, economic and social activities are returning to normal and the governance capacity has grown to a new level.

China and Russia have firmly backed each other in the international arena, defended both countries’ rightful interests, and effectively responded to the attacks and defamation from some extremist forces in the United States, Wang said.

As this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations (UN), the two countries have jointly preserved the outcome of the victory in World War II, maintained the core position of the UN, upheld international fairness and justice, and served as a stabilizer in the volatile international situations, he said.

Wang said that China is ready to work with Russia to make comprehensive preparations for future high-level interactions and make plans for further cooperation in various areas.

Both countries should continue their close coordination, better cooperate in epidemic prevention and control, explore new ways of cooperation amid the pandemic, and facilitate cross-border movement of people and freight, he said.

Cyber and information security is an important area of bilateral and international cooperation. Currently, some countries are using their technological advantages to brazenly monitor other countries and steal their information, Wang said.

China recently proposed the “Global Initiative on Data Security” in response to the common concerns about data security and with an aim to create international rules on digital security together with partners, he added.

Lavrov said that Russia is willing to closely interact with China to push forward important events on bilateral and multilateral agendas, and deepen cooperation in various areas to inject new impetus into the development of bilateral ties.

The United States takes destructive steps, follows the Cold War-style “Indo-Pacific strategy” in Asia Pacific, and sows discord among countries in the region, which has caused rifts and even confrontations, the Russian top diplomat said.

Russia stands ready to strengthen strategic coordination with the Chinese side, attach importance to the central role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in regional cooperation, and jointly maintain regional peace and stability, Lavrov said.

He said Russia holds positive opinions about the China-proposed “Global Initiative on Data Security,” which is conducive to the creation of international rules on data security as well as further Russia-China cooperation in the area of international information security, against the backdrop that some countries are politicizing information technology and cyber security and containing other countries under the pretext of safeguarding its own national security.

During their meeting, Wang and Lavrov also had in-depth discussion on international and regional issues of common concern.

China and Russia published a joint statement issued by the two foreign ministers to present the two countries’ common stands on various global challenges. They met the Press together after the talks. Wang Yi said at the Press Conference;

China & Russia should strengthen cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other areas to promote bilateral relations

After 70 years of hardships, China-Russia relationship has become more mature, more stable, and more dynamic, Wang said.

While commending the achievements of China-Russia relations, Wang said, “We must think deeply how we can maintain, consolidate and develop our bilateral relationship in the new situation,” adding that it is not only related to the development and revitalization of the two countries and the well-being of their peoples, but also has exemplary significance globally.

Therefore, the two sides should strengthen cooperation in four areas, said the Chinese top diplomat.

First, China and Russia should be supporters for international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, Wang said.

Facing the pandemic, the international community needs unity instead of selfishness, collaboration instead of blame-shifting.

China and Russia are willing to work together with all parties to firmly support the World Health Organization, do a good job in normalizing epidemic prevention and control, and make vaccines a universally accessible public product for the whole world.

The irresponsible act of releasing “political virus” instead of controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus should be opposed, so as to nurture a sound political environment and favourable public opinion for international cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, he said.

Second, the two countries should be examples of major powers living in harmony, Wang said.

Being each other’s largest neighbouring country, China and Russia are the world’s largest countries in terms of population and territorial area respectively, he said, noting that the larger a country’s size, the greater its responsibility.

The two sides will take the implementation of the consensus of the two heads of state as the core task, continue to deepen mutual political trust and strategic cooperation, push forward the docking of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) with the Eurasian Economic Union, and promote the mutually beneficial development of the BRI and the Greater Eurasian Partnership, and set an example for cooperation between major powers, Wang said.

Third, the two sides should be leaders in cutting-edge science and technology, Wang said.

China and Russia have huge complementary advantages and potential for cooperation in the development of science and technology

They will take advantage of the Year of Scientific and Technological Innovation between the two countries, vigorously develop and implement strategic projects, deepen cooperation in the transformation of scientific and technological achievements, promote talent exchanges, and encourage high-tech and Internet companies to start businesses and invest in the other country, providing scientific and technological support for the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries and their respective national economy and people’s livelihood, he said.

Fourth, the two countries should be guardians of international fairness and justice, Wang said.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations (UN), and the international community is faced with a historic test that needs it to make a choice between multilateralism and unilateralism, and between cooperation and confrontation, he added.

As permanent members of the UN Security Council and major emerging economies, China and Russia are willing to work with the international community to firmly safeguard the core position of the UN in the international system, abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, reiterate the commitment to multilateralism, actively reform and improve global governance system, advocate the construction of an open world economy, and join hands to build a community with a shared future for mankind, Wang said.