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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at their meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional security summit in Manila, Philippines

    China, Russia Plan to Support Each Other Regardless of Int'l Situation - Lavrov

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Sunday reiterated their adherence to strengthening bilateral cooperation and mutual support regardless of the changing situation in the world, Wang said.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the two diplomats held a meeting in the Philippine capital of Manila on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministerial meeting.

    "The two sides have pledged to continue considering each other as high-priority international partners regardless of the developments of the situation in the world, as well as to deepen strategic cooperation, to strengthen mutual trust, support and comprehensive cooperation," Wang said, as quoted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

    The Chinese diplomat added that Beijing was ready to cooperate with Moscow in preparation of the meetings between the leaders of the two nations at the BRICS summit in September.

    Russia has stepped up its cooperation with China following the deterioration of its relations with the Western countries against the backdrop of the crisis in southeastern Ukraine. Moscow and Beijing cooperate in a number of areas such as energy, infrastructure and the military.

    The 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings take place in the Philippine capital of Manila on August 2-8, bringing together the heads of foreign offices from 27 states.

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