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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Primakov Discusses China Ties

BEIJING -- Russia's and China's foreign ministers on Wednesday discussed ways to contain South Asia's nuclear arms race and prepared for a summit between their presidents.

Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, at the start of a five-day visit aimed at improving cooperation between the giant neighbors, also discussed the Asian financial crisis and reviving trade with Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji.

"We share the wish to further promote friendship and cooperative relations between the two countries," Zhu was quoted by China's official Xinhua news agency as saying.

Primakov and Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan echoed Zhu's sentiment in remarks to reporters after their meeting.

Much of the foreign ministers' work concerned preparations for a scheduled Sept. 4 meeting in Russia between President Boris Yeltsin and Chinese President Jiang Zemin, their fifth summit in less than three years.

Given that Russia and China both hold permanent seats on the UN Security Council, the foreign ministers discussed the ethnic conflict in Yugoslavia's Kosovo region, the Middle East peace process and other international security issues, Primakov said.

Beijing and Moscow see their relations as a counterbalance to Washington's dominant global influence.