Wang Yi: Post-pandemic cooperation serves common interests of all
Updated 09:43, 24-Jun-2020

Cooperation for peace and stability in a post-pandemic era is in line with the interests of the international community, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday.  

Wang made the remarks while attending a video conference with Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  

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Wang also exchanged views with Jaishankar and Lavrov on global political, economic and financial trends following the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as opportunities for cooperation to help them handle the crisis.

He called for more efforts to uphold the international system with the United Nations at its core as well as the international order underpinned by international law, stay committed to multilateralism, and strengthen and improve global governance. 

"As the major emerging economies, we should uphold the concept of multilateralism to boost the scientific research cooperation and the global economic recovery. That serves the common interests of all our three nations." 

Border tensions between China and India

The meeting was the first time Wang and his Indian counterpart engaged in face-time talks over video conference after the June 15 border clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, which gave the two sides an opportunity to resolve the differences, address border concerns and ease tensions.

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The pair had a phone call last week over the clash, where both sides agreed to address the serious situation and abide by the consensus reached at the commander-level talks between the two militaries to ease the situation at an early date and safeguard the peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with the signed agreement. 


China's Foreign Ministry also confirmed Tuesday that Chinese and Indian military commanders held their second meeting on June 22 to exchange frank and in-depth views on issues related to current border control.   

When asked to comment on recent reports of 40 Chinese casualties in the conflict, spokesperson Zhao Lijian described it as "fake news."

Russia's peacekeeper role

Russia, meanwhile, saw the meeting as an opportunity to assume the role of regional peacekeepers.   

As this year marks the 75th anniversary of the victory of World War II, the meeting also sent out a clear message that China, Russia and India will work with the international community to safeguard the fruits of WWII and maintain peace in the region. 

Chinese troops have already arrived in Moscow to participate in the military parade on June 25 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War.

(CGTN's Su Yuting also contributed to the story.)