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BEIJING, February 17. /TASS/. China and Russia will step up cooperation in the format of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in a move expected to spur openness in international trade, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the G20 ministerial meeting in Bonn, Germany Thursday.
"The sides exchanged opinions on stepping up cooperation within the BRICS and G20 formats, expressing their readiness to assist the strengthening of principles of tolerance and openness in the global trade, forming relevant multilateral mechanisms," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed his country’s interest in better coordination while solving key international issues.
The two top diplomats also discussed international issues, stating their countries’ determination to improve the situation on the Korean Peninsula through peaceful negotiations involving all parties concerned.