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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi's Interview with Hubei Media

On 15 November 2010, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi gave an interview to the local media of Hubei Province after attending the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Russia and India in Wuhan. The following is the transcript:

Hubei Satellite TV: Why was the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Russia and India held in Wuhan this time? What is your comment on the achievements of Hubei Province in reform and opening up in recent years?

Yang: First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Party Secretary Luo Qingquan, Governor Li Hongzhong, the provincial Party committee and the provincial government of Hubei Province for the warm and thoughtful arrangements for the meeting. I also wish to thank the media of Hubei and Wuhan for the extensive coverage of this meeting.

We have chosen to hold the 10th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Russia and India this time in Wuhan mainly for three reasons: First, Wuhan has made substantial progress in economic and social development as well as in foreign affairs in recent years. Holding the meeting here helps to step up Hubei and Wuhan's exchanges and cooperation with Russia and India across the board. Both the Russian and Indian foreign ministers said that this city left a deep impression on them. The Russian Foreign Minister told me that he could tell at first sight, the city is a big and vibrant metropolis with a population as large as that of Moscow. The Indian Foreign Minister told me that he very much enjoyed his stay at the East Lake Hotel. In my words, Wuhan is a beautiful city featuring "a lake in the city and a city by the lake." After listening to the introduction of the provincial leaders, both the Russian and Indian foreign ministers shared the view that Hubei and Wuhan have already had a lot of exchanges and cooperation with Russia and India and there are still huge potentials to tap. They said that when they get back home, they will encourage their countries to increase exchanges and cooperation with Hubei in all areas.

Second, Hubei and Wuhan have with these two countries not only ongoing cooperation but also historical relations. In the war of resistance against Japanese aggression, Wuhan was one of the main battlefields where Soviet aviators fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Chinese people and some of these young soldiers even laid down their lives. This afternoon, I accompanied the Russian Foreign Minister to lay a wreath at the graveyard of Soviet martyrs. He was touched and said to me: We are very grateful that the people of Wuhan and Hubei have laid to rest our martyrs in such a sublime and beautiful place. During the same war, India sent a medical team here to heal the wounded and rescue the dying, leaving behind many touching stories. And now, new seeds of friendship have been sown. Many Russian and Indian students are studying here. As far as I know, Hubei hosts more international students from India than from any other country. In recent years, Hubei's exchanges and cooperation with different localities of Russia and India in various fields have strengthened and the two countries have become Hubei's important cooperation partners in terms of its e