China, Russia and India called on to get out of “democracy trap”
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China, Russia and India have embarked on development paths adapted to their own national conditions and they have the responsibility to promote a correct vision of democracy, to get out of the “democracy trap” of certain countries and to oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of democracy, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday, adding that the “democracy summit” organized by the United States would create divisions and only bring negative energy to the world.
Wang made the remarks while attending the 18th meeting of foreign ministers of China, Russia and India on Friday via video link.
He said the US-hosted “Summit for Democracy” would draw lines based on a country’s standards and create divisions and confrontations, which would only bring negative energy to the world.
The United States sees itself as the world leader, asking other countries to follow their example, which has violated the process of democratizing international relations.
The practice of democracy varies according to different national conditions and cannot be a model or a standard, Wang said.
He said China is ready to work with India and Russia to send a positive signal to the world by practicing true multilateralism, boosting the process of democratizing international relations and jointly tackling COVID-19 and by offering China-Russia-India proposals and strength for the uncertain world.
Wang made five proposals on strengthening trilateral cooperation, including the practice of true multilateralism to oppose the attempt of a new cold war and zero-sum gambling, respect the legitimate rights of countries and their rights to choose their own development paths and jointly tackle hot issues through dialogue.
Wang also called on China, Russia and India to cooperate on vaccine research and production, mutual recognition of related standards, and stick to scientific tracing of virus sources.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said the three countries should firmly uphold the basic status of the United Nations and support genuine and effective multilateralism. Russia and India supported China to take over the rotating presidency of the meeting.
Lavrov stressed that the so-called Free and Open Indo-Pacific region is not an equal partnership, and forming cliques is a typical Cold War mentality aimed at upsetting the regional strategic balance and the three countries should do so. face jointly.