China stresses BRICS solidarity, cooperation

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President Xi addresses FMs’ meeting, calls for global community of security for all

China stresses strengthening solidarity and cooperation among BRICS nations and injecting stability and positive energy into international relations in a period of turbulence and transformation at Thursday’s BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting.

At a video address at the opening session of the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that BRICS countries need to firm up belief, brave the storms and waves, and take real action to promote peace and development, uphold fairness and justice, and advocate for democracy and freedom to inject stability and positive energy into international relations in a period of turbulence and transformation.

Seeking one’s own security at the expense of others will only create new tensions and risks, Xi said, noting BRICS countries need to strengthen political mutual trust and security cooperation, maintain close communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, oppose hegemony and power politics, reject Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation, and work together to build a global community of security for all.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs on Thursday via video link. South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor, Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar attended the meeting.

Wang Yi said at the meeting that China’s dynamic zero- COVID strategy is aimed at curbing the virus transmission at the fastest speed with the lowest cost, and to protect people’s health and life at the largest scale while reducing the impact on the economy to the lowest level. He noted the strategy shows a sense of responsibility not only to the Chinese people but also to the world.

Wang also said some countries build “small yards” with high walls and create a parallel system, and adopt an irresponsible macroeconomic monetary policy, which worsens instability and creates an imbalance in economic resumption, seriously squeezing the space and resources for emerging markets and developing countries. Wang called on BRICS members to resist such a move that would split the world.

As the Russia- Ukraine crisis goes on, China has been helping to promote peaceful talks. Delivering weapons cannot bring about peace and sanctions cannot solve the security dilemma of Europe, Wang said. The international community should work together toward peace and ease the conflict with actions rather than add oil to it, Wang said.

Wang said that China supports Russia and Ukraine continuing peace talks and called on NATO and the European Union to hold comprehensive talks with Russia. Wang Wenbin said we have stated our position on this issue several times. China supports a thorough, transparent, impartial and just investigation into this incident and hopes it will be handled in accordance with law in a just manner.

I would also like to stress that lately there has been ongoing tension between Palestine and Israel with frequent violent clashes. China is deeply con-cerned over this. Both sides, Israel in particular, should stay calm and exercise restraint to prevent the situation from further deteriorating. The Palestine question is at the root of many issues in the Middle East.

The underlying reason for the recurring tragedies of violence for violence between Israel and Palestine is the long denial of the Palestinian people’s legitimate appeal of establishing an independent state. The international community should take actions with a greater sense of urgency and work for the early resumption of peace talks between Palestine and Israel on the basis of the two-state solution, so as to achieve the comprehensive, just and lasting resolution of the Palestine question at an early date.

 

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