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Chinese Foreign Minister Chairs Meeting of BRIC Foreign Ministers in New York

2010/09/22

On September 21, 2010, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi chaired a meeting of foreign ministers of the four BRIC countries -- China, India, Russia and Brazil -- in New York. Yang also met respectively with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) troika foreign ministers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre.

When chairing the meeting of BRIC foreign ministers, Yang said that the four countries have constantly enhanced their cooperation in a more defined direction and within an increasingly mature mechanism, thus increasing their influences in the international arena. He hoped that the four countries will further strengthen coordination, build a solid foundation for cooperation and broaden areas of cooperation so as to uphold the common interests of developing countries.

The four foreign ministers held discussions over issues including cooperation among emerging market countries, the reform of the international financial architecture and global economic governance as well as international development cooperation.

When meeting with the GCC troika foreign ministers, Yang said China attaches great importance to relations with GCC. China is ready to make joint efforts with GCC countries to expand exchanges at all levels and deepen friendly cooperation in all areas with strategic dialogue mechanism as a platform so as to push forward bilateral ties.

The GCC foreign ministers made positive comments on the development of bilateral relations, expressing willingness to further strengthen bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, finance, energy and infrastructure.

During the meeting with his Russian counterpart Lavrov, Yang said frequent contacts at high levels between China and Russia have fully demonstrated the high standard of Sino- Russian strategic partnership of cooperation. China hopes both sides will further enhance communication and coordination so as to elevate their cooperation in all areas to a new level, Yang said.

Lavrov said that Russia is willing to work with China to deepen cooperation in all areas and strengthen coordination and cooperation on major international and regional issues so as to continue to move forward bilateral relations.

When meeting with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Yang said that recently bilateral relations have been developing very well. He hoped that the two countries will work together to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and comprehensively expand cooperation in bilateral and multilateral fields in a bid to better safeguard common interests of the two countries and other developing countries.

Nkoana-Mashabane said China is a trustworthy friend of South Africa and her country hopes to further expand pragmatic cooperation with China in all areas. She hoped both sides would cooperate with and support each other and push forward the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

When meeting with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre, Yang hailed the recent sound momentum in the development of bilateral ties. Yang hoped that both sides will continue to maintain exchanges at all levels, enhance communication and coordination and push bilateral ties for new progress.

Støre said that Norway attaches great importance to ties with China. Norway is ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in international and regional affairs and play a positive role in promoting the resolution of relevant regional issues.

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