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Beijing seeks to boost cooperation with Moscow on global issues

December 20, 2016, 13:52 UTC+3 BEIJING

The Chinese diplomat says Beijing plans to increase interaction on some urgent problems and bring some stability to the global climate

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BEIJING, December 20 /TASS/. China wants to boost cooperation with Russia on major international issues in a bid to improve the global climate, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated at a briefing on Tuesday.

"As far as China’s support for Russia in settling the Syrian crisis is concerned, you know that Russia and China maintain ties bound by strategic partnership and cooperation. Our states have bolstered strategic interaction on major issues and have made a positive contribution to regional peace and stability," Hua Chunying said.

"We plan to continue our contacts with the Russian side, increase interaction on some urgent problems and bring some stability to the global climate," the Chinese diplomat stressed.

"China has always had a fair and objective stance on the Syrian problem," the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman went on to say.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent a telegram of condolences to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in connection with the Russian ambassador’s murder in Ankara. "We resolutely condemn this brutal act directed against a diplomat. China stands against any manifestation of terrorism," the Chinese top diplomat said in his telegram.

"The Chinese side together with the world community is ready to support efforts and Russia’s actions aimed at fighting terrorism and strengthening cooperation (in this direction)," Wang Yi said.

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was gunned down in Ankara by an assailant who turned out to be an ex-Turkish policeman late on Monday. The diplomat was opening an exhibition titled "Russia: from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through the eyes of a traveler" when he was attacked. The Turkish police say the assailant was killed by the Turkish security forces.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has described the incident as a terror attack, in which three people died.

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