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Wang Yi: China-European Union (EU) Relations Face New Opportunities for Development

2020-02-14

On February 13, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met the press together in Berlin.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the European Union (EU). After nearly half a century of ups and downs, China-EU relations are becoming more comprehensive, mature and stable. I would like to reiterate that the Chinese side has regarded and will always regard Europe as an important strategic partner. We will firmly support the process of European integration, the growth of the EU and Europe's more active role on the international stage. This is China's established strategic choice, not an expedient measure, and it will not be affected by turns of events.

Wang Yi said, at present, China-EU relations face new opportunities for development. The two sides have agreed on an array of key agendas for this year. We are ready to work with the European side to advance several major issues. First, work together to finish the talks on a China-EU investment agreement; second, strive to launch a feasibility study on the China-EU free trade agreement; third, formulate a plan for China-EU cooperation for the next five years; fourth, promote the alignment between the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia and carry out third-party cooperation; fifth, explore the establishment of a China-EU green partnership; and sixth, carry out digital cooperation and upgrade China-EU cooperation. At the same time, China and the EU, as two major forces in the world, stand ready to jointly uphold multilateralism, champion free trade, oppose protectionism, resist all kinds of unilateral actions, work together to address global challenges, improve global governance and provide more positive energy for world peace and stability.

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