Chinese, Russian FMs meet on bilateral cooperation

Casey Dawson
December 12, 2017

Wang also stressed that China does not approve of "sphere of influence".Swaraj also held a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

On his part, Wang talked about political settlement to resolve "hotspot and hard issues" and also pitched for dialogue and consultations over use of force.The Chinese foreign minister also stressed on the need to find commonalities in strategic areas.Asked if the Doklam episode came up in the talks, officials did not confirm but said "all issues of mutual interest were discussed".

"We view India-China ties as important in our foreign policy".

RIC, in a joint press statement, said: "We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including the recent heinous terrorist attacks around the world and reaffirm our determination to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) addresses a press conference after the 15th trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Russia and India with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (L) and Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, India, on December 11, 2017.

Later at the RIC, the three Ministers deliberated on a variety of issues including challenges of the global economy, increasing terrorism, transnational organised crime, smuggling of drugs, natural and man-made disasters, climate change, and changing political scenario in Middle East and North Africa.

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The Doklam standoff, the second longest standoff along the un-demarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, had begun when the Indian soldiers stopped Chinese troops from constructing a road in Doklam.

President Kovind congratulated Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on the successful conclusion of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.

At the meeting, the parties also discussed the situations on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria. "And it will be better to meet again and without agenda, which will help us to expand our mutual understanding", Swaraj said.

"It is well-known that relations between India and Russian Federation are very close and friendly", she said.

Both the LeT and the JeM are UN-proscribed terror outfits.

The three countries should support the United Nations (UN) in playing a key role in global affairs, stick to solving hot and thorny issues through political means, and push for democratic worldwide relations under the rule of law, said the Chinese top diplomat. Indian Government sources said the condemnation of terror and all UN-proscribed outfits in the Communique included the two terror outfits even though they were not mentioned by name.

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