The foreign ministers of China and Russia have agreed to take a stand against moves by the administration of US President Joe Biden to confront other countries.
China's Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, met in the city of Guilin in southern China on Monday.
China's foreign ministry said the two exchanged views on the Biden administration. They agreed that the US should stop forming cliques to confront other countries.
Beijing appears wary of the US-led apparent "containment strategy" in the Indo-Pacific region directed at China. Senior US administration officials have recently visited Japan and South Korea.
In addition, the foreign ministers expressed grave concern about the situation in Myanmar. They also agreed to press the US to return to Iran's nuclear deal unconditionally as soon as possible, and lift sanctions against Tehran.
They are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday to continue their discussion.