|Wang Yi Attends the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs|
On September 27, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in New York.
Wang Yi expressed that two months ago, the BRICS Johannesburg Summit was successfully held, which demonstrated the resolution of unity, cooperation and jointly seeking development of the BRICS countries. Under current circumstances, the BRICS role, the BRICS voice and the BRICS plan are gaining wider attention and recognition in the international community. This proves that the BRICS cooperation is a right path to follow. In the next phase, the BRICS countries should strengthen cooperation in four aspects. First, we should continuously uphold multilateralism, safeguard the contemporary international system with the United Nations (UN) at the core and build a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation. Second, we should continuously push for solving hotspot issues through dialogue and send out our unanimous voice regarding major international hotspot issues. Third, we should continue to commit to common development, stay united to cope with challenges and safeguard the legitimate development rights and interests of emerging market economies, including the BRICS countries. Fourth, we should continue to strengthen practical cooperation among the BRICS countries, implement the consensus reached by leaders on establishing the BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution, launch cooperation at an early date to reap early harvests, and continuously expand the "BRICS Plus" pattern of cooperation, in a bid to forge a cooperation platform with global influence.
Wang Yi noted that we should constantly carry forward the BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation and deepen partnerships among the BRICS countries, so as to make the second "golden decade” of BRICS cooperation glitter and bring benefits to the people of the five countries and the world at large.
BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs unanimously agreed to endeavor to well implement the consensus reached by leaders of the BRICS at the BRICS Johannesburg Summit, further strengthen strategic communication, deepen practical cooperation, intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, realize mutual benefit and win-win results as well as implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Under current circumstances, the BRICS countries should especially cement cooperation with various parties under multilateral frameworks such as G20 and the World Trade Organization, stick to multilateralism, safeguard international law and international rules, oppose unilateralism and protectionism and push globalization to develop toward a more balanced, fairer and more inclusive direction.
All sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.