October 26th, 2007 08:04 EST
Joint Communique of the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of The People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and The Republic of India
The Foreign Ministers of the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of India met in Harbin, China on 24 October 2007.
The three Foreign Ministers positively assessed the important role played by the Foreign Ministers' meeting mechanism in enhancing mutual trust and understanding and increasing trilateral exchanges and cooperation. They believe that trilateral cooperation has excellent prospects for development. They reaffirmed that trilateral cooperation is not targeted against any other country or organization and is intended to promote international harmony and mutual understanding and seeks to broaden common ground amidst divergent interests.
The three Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the international situation and reaffirmed that they would abide by the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and other accepted principles of international law. They further emphasized that they would continue to promote democratization of international relations and evolution of a more just and rational international order.
The three Foreign Ministers believe that the development of China, Russia and India is a major contribution to peace and development of the region and the world and is beneficial to the process of global multi-polarity. The three countries have chosen their respective development paths in accordance with their domestic situation and past experience and have contributed to the diversity of world civilization and world development patterns. With their continuous development and growing role in international affairs, China, Russia and India will further contribute to world peace, security, stability and prosperity.
The three Foreign Ministers believe that in order to safeguard the diversity of world civilization and increase mutual understanding, further steps to enhance multilateral cooperation in conducting dialogue among civilizations would be useful.
The three Foreign Ministers emphasized that globalization has brought about closer interrelation and interdependence among all nations, and that multilateralism and collective action should be promoted in addressing urgent issues and meeting new challenges and threats. Drawing lines on the grounds of ideologies and values is inconsistent with the trends of the times and does not help solve various global issues facing the international community.
The three Foreign Ministers underlined that the United Nations is the most representative and authoritative international organization. In order to deal with various problems and challenges facing the international community more effectively, it is important to strengthen the role of the United Nations, improve its efficiency and conduct a comprehensive reform of the United Nations. The Foreign Ministers of China and Russia reiterated that their countries attach importance to the status of India in international affairs and understand and support India's aspirations to play a greater role in the United Nations.
The three Foreign Ministers said that the three countries attach great importance to the issue of climate change and reiterated the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, including the principle of "Common but Differentiated Responsibilities". They stated their adherence to the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol as the major framework for tackling climate change, and agreed that the three countries will actively participate in the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and the Protocol to be held in Bah, Indonesia in December 2007. The three Foreign Ministers said that the three sides will enhance technical cooperation in implementing the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, including adapting to climate change, increasing energy efficiency and developing renewable energy resources.
The three Foreign Ministers reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. No act of terrorism can be compartmentalized, and there can be no justification for terrorism on any ground. It is imperative for the international community to come together to combat terrorism in a long-term, sustained and comprehensive manner. Collective action within the framework of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy and under the central and coordinating role of the United Nations and its Security Council should be strengthened. Double standards should not be adopted. It is imperative to finalize the draft UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism urgently. The three sides agreed to further coordinate their action against all factors that feed international terrorism, including its financing, drug trafficking and trans-national organized crime.
The three Foreign Ministers had in-depth discussions on the Asian regional situation. They believe that peace, development and cooperation are the mainstream in the evolution of the Asian situation. Asia is one of the most vibrant regions enjoying the fastest economic growth in today's world. At the same time, Asia is also faced with pressing issues of imbalanced development and non-traditional security threats. The three Foreign Ministers stated that the three countries will enhance cooperation in all areas, including coordination within the framework of regional organizations and dialogue mechanisms to the benefit of the people of Asia.
The three Foreign Ministers decided that there is the necessity to set up a consultation mechanism at the level of Director General/Division Head between the three foreign ministries to strengthen trilateral coordination and cooperation on regional and international issues and to implement the agreements reached at the three Foreign Ministers' meetings.
The three Foreign Ministers discussed the process for launching cooperation in economic and cultural interactions. They felt that pragmatic cooperation in these areas has enormous potential and complementarity.
The three Foreign Ministers decided that working-level mechanisms of Director-General/Division Head should be established between Ministries of the three Governments looking after agriculture, disaster management, medicine and health to explore concrete ways and methods of cooperation for the development of agricultural resources, processing of agricultural produce, research and development, capacity-building and application of technology in disaster risk mitigation, exchange of information on the prevention and control of contagious diseases and in traditional medicine, etc.
The three Foreign Ministers stated that the three countries will encourage and promote entrepreneurs and regions to enhance contacts and launch cooperation among them and facilitate this process. They expressed appreciation that the trilateral business forum will be held in New Delhi on 15 December 2007.
The three Foreign Ministers positively assessed the role of meetings among their scholars in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation among three sides and expressed support for scholars of the three countries to further expand exchanges and cooperation in all forms. They noted India's offer to host a trilateral seminar on the evolution of geopolitical strategic trends with the participation of officials as well as scholars and agreed to hold it in 2008.
The three Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction at the results of this round of meeting and decided to hold the next meeting in Russia.
Harbin, 24 October 2007
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