Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) before a meeting of foreign ministers and officials of the SCO at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, April 24, 2018. (Photo: VCG)
Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming state visit to China is of great significance to the planning of the next phase of relations between the two nations, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.
He made the remarks while meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Russian leader is scheduled to pay a state visit to China from June 8-10 and attend the Qingdao summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
It will be Putin's first visit to China in a new presidential term and also the first time for Presidents Xi Jinping and Putin to meet each other this year. Their summit will be of great significance to the planning of the development of China-Russia relations in the next phase, Wang said.
China is willing to enhance coordination with the Russian side in order to ensure that the visit will be successful and fruitful and inject strong impetus into the development of bilateral relations, he said.
Lavrov said Russia attaches great importance to Putin's upcoming state visit to China.
Russia is pleased with the progress in preparations for the visit and stands ready to make joint efforts with China to ensure that the visit will meet its expected goals, said Lavrov.
The Chinese foreign minister also said that faced with an ever-changing international landscape that is full of uncertainties, China and Russia, as comprehensive strategic partners of coordination, should further strengthen coordination and cooperation to uphold the fundamental principles of international relations, maintain international fairness and justice and protect the overall interests of emerging markets and developing countries.
China and Russia should make joint efforts to ensure that the SCO Qingdao Summit, which will be the first such summit after the SCO admitted new members, continues to promote the "Shanghai Spirit," achieve positive and practical outcomes and send out a message of solidarity, said Wang.
The two countries should strengthen strategic coordination on the platform of BRICS cooperation, hold a good Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and make satisfactory political preparations for the leaders' summit in July, Wang added.
Lavrov said that Russia fully agrees with China in its thoughts about the current international situation and is willing to strengthen coordination with China in multilateral mechanisms such as the SCO, BRICS cooperation, the Group of 20 and the United Nations.
Russia will make joint efforts with other emerging market countries to oppose unilateralism and protectionism and to safeguard world peace and stability, the Russian minister said.
During their meeting, the foreign ministers also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and agreed to further enhance coordination and cooperation to make efforts towards and contribute to the realization of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula of lasting peace and stability.