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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in blunt remarks told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday that the Doklam incident "severely tested" relations and "lessons should be learned".

The references to India by Wang were part of a lengthy speech about China's diplomatic achievements in 2017 and its relations in 2017 with various countries including the US, Russia, Japan and countries in the disputed South China Sea region.

Both Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the current complex and volatile worldwide situation, the three countries should further enhance their cooperation and coordination in regional conflict, economic development, anti-terror, climate change and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, among others, within the framework of multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations, the Group of Twenty, the BRICS, the SCO so as to press for the establishment of an global order that is fairer and more democratic.

Swaraj, put across India's views on the significant rise in acts of terrorism by terrorist outfits like Taliban, Daesh (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, and LeT that directly undermine worldwide peace and security and endanger ongoing efforts to strengthen the global economy and ensure sustainable growth and development. "And it will be better to meet again and without agenda, which will help us to expand our mutual understanding", Swaraj said. Chinese and Indian troops were locked in a 73-day border standoff from June 16 when Indian soldiers stopped Chinese personnel from building a key road close to India's "chicken's neck" corridor.

At the meeting, the parties also discussed the situations on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria.

"Foreign minister Lavrov and I reviewed our bilateral relations and both of us were satisfied that this is the 70th year of establishing diplomatic relations between us and more than 100 programs were organised in the two countries to commemorate the 70th anniversary", she said. "It is well-known that relations between India and Russian Federation are very close and friendly", Sushma said.

The president said that expansion of cooperation bilaterally as well as regionally was in the mutual interest of both the nations. We agree to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and concerted actions against globally proscribed terrorists and terror entities. "India strongly recommends a comprehensive policy for dealing with global terrorism", Swaraj said during her address at the meeting.

Monday's meeting comes amidst media reports of Chinese troops establishing a permanent presence near Doklam on the India-China-Bhutan worldwide trijunction.

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