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Wang Yi: China and the European Union's Consensus Outweighs Differences and Cooperation Exceeds Competition

2020-02-15

On February 15, 2020 local time, while attending the 56th Munich Security Conference in Germany, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered questions from the audience after delivering a speech. Someone asked about the Chinese side's comment on the critical position of the European Union (EU) on China, and how it will impact China-EU relations.

Wang Yi said, we must be aware that China and the EU have had diplomatic relations for 45 years, which have withstood the vicissitudes of the international situation. The comprehensive strategic partnership established between us is becoming mature and stable. Although our social systems and values are different, they are all reasonable, for each of these social systems and values are rooted in our own profound history and culture. The right approach to deal with these differences is to admire and learn from each other, so as to achieve common development and prosperity. The world today needs solidarity and cooperation between China and Europe. China-EU cooperation has become even more significant, especially in today's world where a certain major country has abandoned international cooperation and pursued unilateralism. China always believes that for China and the EU, our areas of consensus outweigh differences and cooperation exceeds competition. This is because we both uphold multilateralism, oppose unilateralism. We both adhere to free trade and disagree with protectionism. And we both advocate multi-polarization of the world and democratic international relations and oppose power politics and bullying practices. These are all the common understandings China and the EU have for the world. Therefore, the Chinese side will continue to attach importance to China-EU relations and hope we will jointly open up our future.

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