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China and Russia strengthen cooperation as G7 pushes Beijing to rein in Moscow on Ukraine

Top Chinese diplomat and Russian security chief vow coordination in law enforcement, non-proliferation and governance of emerging technologyStrategic security talks between Wang Yi and Nikolai Patrushev come as Group of Seven foreign ministers ask China to press Russia to end Ukraine warDiplomacyLaura ZhouPublished: 4:01pm, 20 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Senior Chinese and Russian officials called for close policy coordination on bilateral and international affairs during security talks as foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations pressed Beijing to help rein in Moscow in Ukraine.During the latest round of strategic security consultations on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, a Politburo member who also heads the Communist Party’s foreign affairs office, had an “in-depth exchange of views on a wide range of issues related to the deepening of strategic cooperation” with Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Security Council of Russia.

The Chinese foreign ministry said the two sides “strengthened coordination and enhanced mutual trust” during the meeting.

Wang said close policy coordination with Russia had strengthened bilateral relations, which “have withstood the test of international storms and changes”.

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Under the strategic security consultation mechanism, senior officials of the two sides have met almost every year since 2005.

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