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China, European Union agree on developing closer ties

Josep Borrell Fontelles at the Dialogue.
Josep Borrell Fontelles at the Dialogue.

China and the European Union (EU) agreed to develop closer ties on a range of issues during their 10th round of the China-EU High-level Strategic Dialogue held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.

The dialogue, which was held via video link, was co-chaired by Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles.

With cooperation and consensus always greater than competition and differences, China and the EU are long-term, comprehensive, strategic partners, said Wang, noting that both sides should take the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as a new starting point for developing closer ties.

He called on the two sides to push forward relations in the post-pandemic era, promote high-level exchanges, and make good preparations for the China-EU summit and the China-EU leaders’ meeting.

“We should jointly accelerate the resumption of work, maintain the stability of the supply chain and industrial chain, facilitate the exchange of experiences on public health and emergency management, make concerted efforts in research on vaccines and medicines, and boost cooperation with Africa in the fight against the pandemic,” Wang said.

Emphasizing the importance of communication and coordination on Macroeconomic Policy, Wang called for openness in cooperation, and the completion of negotiations on bilateral investment agreements, as scheduled.

He expressed his hope that both sides would consolidate their consensus on safeguarding multilateralism, and strengthen cooperation under multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations. Wang also reiterated the Chinese government’s principles and stance on Hong Kong affairs.

For Borrell’s part, he said the EU has high expectations for its relations with China, and will make efforts to ensure closer ties. Both the EU and China are firm supporters of multilateralism, he said, and that the EU welcomes China’s active participation in international cooperation.

The two sides also had an in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern.



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