Chinese FM holds phone talks with FMs of Russia, Pakistan, ROK
Updated 08:38, 10-Jan-2023

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Monday held phone talks respectively with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Foreign Minister Park Jin of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

China and Russia to continue bilateral relationship a high level

Qin expressed his hope to continue close exchanges with Lavrov to push forward the China-Russia relationship, which is based on non-alignment, non-confrontation and non-targeting of third parties.

China is ready to join its Russian counterpart in fully implementing the major consensus reached by the two heads of state, Qin noted.

Under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has maintained its development at a high level, exchanges and cooperation in various fields has been deepened, and the public opinion base for friendly relations between the two countries has continued to be consolidated, Qin said.

Lavrov congratulated Qin on his recent appointment and and expressed his expectation to lead foreign ministries of the two countries to continue to carry out close cooperation, fully implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and promote the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to continuously achieve new results.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukraine crisis and other issues.

China, Pakistan to carry forward all-weather friendship

Qin Gang said that China and Pakistan enjoy an "unprecedented and unique" friendship and a high degree of mutual trust. The high-level exchanges between the two countries have maintained close interaction, and injected strong impetus into the development of the bilateral relations. 

China, Qin said, is ready to work with Pakistan to continuously deepen the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan, and join hands to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era under the guidance of important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.

China pays close attention to the safety of its citizens in Pakistan and hopes that Pakistan will continue to take effective security measures, Qin emphasized.

In his message, Zardari sent his Chinese lunar New Year greetings and once again congratulated Qin on his recent appointment and vowed to push forward all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to new high.

Pakistan will make every effort to protect the safety of Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan, he noted.

China and the ROK to promote stable and far-reaching bilateral relations

China and the ROK are close neighbors and inseparable partners, Qin said, adding that the healthy and stable development of the China-ROK relations serves the common interests of both sides, and is the general direction of the continuous efforts of both sides.  

Qin said he is willing to establish and maintain a good working relationship with Park and jointly implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries. 

Based on the present and focus on the long-term, Qin said he will grasp the overall situation of friendship and gather strength for cooperation to promote the stable and far-reaching bilateral relations. 

For his part, Park congratulated Qin as China's new foreign minister, and agreed with China's views on bilateral relations. 

Taking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the ROK as an opportunity, Park expects that both sides will effectively implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and open a new era of mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. 

Park called on both sides to strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges and personnel exchanges. 

Qin expressed his concerns over ROK's recent temporary restrictive measures on people from China entering the ROK, calling for the ROK to uphold an objective and scientific attitude. 

The two foreign ministers exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and exchanged New Year greetings.

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