Russia Hails 'New World Order'
With China

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said in an interview published on Monday that relations with China were getting stronger and were an important stabilizing factor in global politics.
"One may say without exaggeration that the strategic partnership between Russia and China in the international arena has noticeably strengthened," Ivanov told the Beijing newspaper Guangming Daily in an interview released during a meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations in Singapore.
In the interview, issued by the Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Ivanov said he was "convinced that a further widening of Russian-Chinese cooperation will be an important stabilizing factor for the world".
"Our two states were the first in the world to declare with full voice in a joint declaration the necessity of building a multi-polar world and shaping a new world order," he said.
Both Russia and China often speak out against what they describe as U.S. domination of world affairs.
Ivanov was to meet U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the sidelines of the conference in Singapore. Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin is visiting the United States.
China and Russia have both opposed U.S.-led military strikes against Yugoslavia and Iraq.
Russia has also sought to enlist India in forming a network of powerful countries opposed to what it sees as unilateral action by the West after the end of the Cold War tipped the global balance of power toward Washington.
"In the foreign policy of our country, which is as tightly connected to Asia as to Europe, the Asian direction is definitely a permanent priority," Ivanov said.