Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed on Thursday that their countries will jointly address the challenges of ensuring global food and energy security during their meeting in Uzbekistan, China’s foreign ministry said.
At the meeting in Tashkent on the sidelines of the discussions of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperative Organization, Wang noted that the two main countries have strengthened strategic communication to “develop the international order in a just and reasonable direction.” “, the ministry said Friday.
The SCO groups China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Central Asian countries. Global food and energy prices have risen, partly as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a major grain exporter.
Wang and Lavrov believed that the SCO brings together major countries in food and energy production and consumption, and that it is necessary to strengthen coordination and jointly play a constructive role in addressing global challenges in the field of food production and consumption. area of food and energy security, according to the ministry.
As the war in Ukraine deepens, China has shied away from condemning Russian aggression while resisting economic sanctions imposed by Western countries, including the United States and Japan.
China and the Soviet Union, Russia’s predecessor, were competitors during the Cold War. They disagreed on interpretations and practical applications of Marxism-Leninism, the ideology of 20th-century communism.
But the two countries have strengthened cooperation in recent years as their relations with the United States have deteriorated. They have challenged the post-Cold War international order.