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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia

On July 25, 2016 local time, when attending a series of Foreign Ministers' meetings on East Asian cooperation in Vientiane, Laos, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia.

Wang Yi expressed that President Vladimir Putin's recent state visit to China achieved a complete success. President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin jointly signed three joint statements, including one on enhancing global strategic stability. These achievements have significantly enriched the connotation of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, expanded the international influence of China-Russia strategic relations, and exerted historic significance to promoting the healthy and stable development of the international situation. China is willing to, together with Russia, implement the important consensus reached by both heads of state to the letter, and well prepare for bilateral high-level exchanges in the next half of this year, so as to advance bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields to achieve new outcomes.

Sergei Lavrov completely agreed with Wang Yi's high praise on the results from meetings between both heads of state. He expressed that the series of important joint statements and documents on practical cooperation signed by both sides during President Vladimir Putin's visit to China all indicate the common stance of both countries on further developing bilateral relations and on major international and regional issues, which will certainly be written into history.

Both sides exchanged in-depth views on the G20 Hangzhou Summit, APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the Korean Peninsula issue, the East Asia situation, the South China Sea situation and other topics. The two sides agreed that they should be on guard against forces outside the region for fabricating various excuses to provoke regional tension and internationalizing bilateral disputes. Wang Yi expressed that China is willing to see Russia play a more active and constructive role in East Asia and the entire Asia-Pacific region at large.

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