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Russian, Indian, Chinese Foreign Ministers meet in Vladivostok

15:24 01/06/2005
MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers will meet in Vladivostok (Russia's Far East) Thursday to open a new phase in the trilateral dialogue, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In his article published by the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper, Alexander Yakovenko, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, wrote that the three countries had recently shown high interest in multi-faceted cooperation.

The diplomat wrote that after Russia had initiated meetings of the kind in 1998, the geopolitical situation had seen drastic changes but "the three countries still share the same motivation."

According to Yakovenko, Russia, India and China all believe in multilateral efforts as a solution to current problems facing humanity. They assign the central role to the UN "as the most universal and authoritative international organization."

He wrote that Russia, India and China as three major Asian neighbors shared interest in stability in the vast Asia-Pacific region where the situation remains volatile.

In his article, Yakovenko wrote the economic factor was something that brought the three countries together. "Russia, India, and China are the most dynamically developing and promising economies. They have sufficient resources, technologies and finances for joint large-scale economic projects based on mutually complementing economies," Yakovenko said. In particular, he said, the issue concerns transport, energy, and IT cooperation. "Vaster opportunities of the Trans-Siberian railway, for example, could help China and India join the regional transport network and thereby implement communication projects that would bring them closer to the Euro-Atlantic region," Yakovenko said.

Moreover, the three countries could substantially contribute "to a new energy architecture in the Asia-Pacific region, which would let many Asia-Pacific nations diversify energy supplies and provide their own energy security," Yakovenko said.

Obviously, the three countries' interest in trilateral cooperation is self-sufficient and transparent, and is not targeted against third nations, Yakovenko concluded.

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