China, Russia vow to prevent chaos or war from erupting in Central Asia
China and Russia, as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and friendly neighbors of Central Asian countries, must prevent chaos or war from erupting in Central Asia, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.
He made the remarks during a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a verbal message to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, publicly expressing China's firm opposition to any attempt by external forces to provoke unrest and instigate "color revolutions" in Kazakhstan, Wang said.
China agrees with President Tokayev's assessment on the nature of the riots in Kazakhstan, and supports the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in assisting Kazakhstan in fighting violent terrorist forces and playing a positive role in restoring stability in Kazakhstan on the premise of respecting Kazakhstan's sovereignty, he said.
China supports the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in strengthening coordination and cooperation with the CSTO to jointly address various challenges to regional security, he added.
Lavrov introduced the assessment of the situation in Kazakhstan made during the CSTO summit, saying that it was becoming increasingly clear that the current chaos in the country is orchestrated by outside forces.
The CSTO dispatched peacekeeping troops to Kazakhstan at the request of the Kazakh side, and the situation in Kazakhstan has improved significantly, he said.
The two sides also touched on bilateral ties.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China and his attendance to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics will not only be the first in-person meeting between the two countries' heads of state in nearly two years, but also a major event in international relations at the start of this year, Wang said.
China is ready to strengthen coordination with Russia to ensure the complete success and fruitful results of the "get-together for the Winter Olympics" and "meeting in the Spring Festival" between the two countries' heads of state, he added.
Lavrov said that Russia will keep close communication with China to make preparations together, adding that he believes Putin's visit to China and the Beijing Winter Olympics will be a success.