China’s new Foreign Minister Qin Gang. Moscow said it has asked him to visit Russia soon. Photo: Kyodo  

Xinhua: Chinese FM holds phone talks with Russian counterpart 

BEIJING, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Monday held a phone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the latter’s request. 

Under the strategic guidance of the two countries’ heads of state, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era has maintained high-level development, exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been deepened, and the popular support for bilateral friendship has been continuously consolidated, Qin said. 

He said China-Russia relations are based on the principle of non-alignment, non-confrontation and non-direction at the third party, noting that China is ready to work with Russia to implement the important consensus reached by the two countries’ heads of state and continuously push forward the two countries’ relations. Qin also expressed his willingness to maintain close exchanges with Lavrov.  

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Update #1: Chinese FM holds phone talks with FMs of Russia, Pakistan, ROK (CGTN)

Update #2: China’s new top diplomat pledges to keep strong relations with Russia’s Lavrov — ministry (TASS) 

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