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Wang Yi: China and Europe Must Say No to Hatred and Confrontation and Stand Firm on the Right Side of History

2020-08-31

On August 30, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech entitled "Upholding the Trend of Peace and Development of Our World with Unity, Cooperation, Openness and Inclusiveness" at the French Institute of International Relations.

Wang Yi said, the world is undergoing changes unseen in a century, accelerated by the sudden onslaught of COVID-19. At present, the COVID-19 is still damaging people's health. The world economy is in deep recession. Global governance faces huge difficulties. The world sees huge losses of jobs, waves of bankruptcy, waves of bottlenecks in global industrial supply chains, and greater deficit of governance, development and trust. Faced with changes and a pandemic unseen in a century, humanity needs to once again make a crucial choice, a choice between progress and regression, between solidarity and division, and between openness and seclusion.

Wang Yi said, the tide of history always moves forward. No attempt to turn it back will find support, nor will it last. At this crossroads in human history, China and Europe should and must keep in mind our responsibilities for mankind's future and the fundamental interests of our people. We must say no to hatred and confrontation. We must stand firm on the right side of history. Together, China and Europe can bring more stability to this complex and volatile world.

First, we need to resolutely safeguard peace and development and oppose global divisions. Facts have proven that the willful use of force only gives rise to arms races and security challenges, while divisions and cliques make international cooperation fall apart. As a responsible major country, China firmly opposes any schemes to create a new Cold War, and will not allow any force to deny the right of the Chinese people and people around the world to pursue development and a better life. China hopes to join hands with Europe to send a strong message of our times, a message for solidarity and against division, for progress and against regression, for peace and development and against conflict or confrontation.

Second, we need to firmly uphold multilateralism and oppose unilateral acts of bullying. The rising unilateral bullying has become the greatest challenge of multilateral order in the international community. We should by no means allow power politics to bring the world back to a time when the law of the jungle prevails, nor should we allow unilateralism to impede the democracy in international relations. No matter how the international landscape may evolve, China will always stand firmly for multilateralism, and advocate extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits in global governance. China regards the European Union as a major force for a multi-polar world. We are prepared to work with the EU to uphold the effectiveness and authority of the multilateral system, promote fairness and justice and maintain the international order.

Third, we need to further expand mutually beneficial cooperation and oppose seclusion and decoupling. Globalization keeps moving ahead, which is an irreversible trend of history. Industrial chains and supply chains are deeply integrated with each other. A few countries want a forced decoupling. This unrealistic attempt goes against the rules of the market and does not conform to the interests of people of all countries. With China deeply interconnected with the world, decoupling from China means decoupling from development opportunities and from the most dynamic market. As two major economies in the world, China and Europe must stay committed to free trade, safeguard the stability of global industrial and supply chains, and play a key role in promoting development and prosperity in the post-COVID-19 world.

Fourth, we need to join hands to tackle global challenges and oppose the beggar-thy-neighbor approach. People of all countries have never been so interdependent as today. Humanity has never faced more frequent and unpredictable risks. Climate change, cyber security, terrorism, transnational crimes and other non-traditional security issues pose real threats to the world. Challenges of a global scale, such as COVID-19, could still emerge in the future. China and Europe need to set an example of advancing global governance by jointly strengthening the UN's coordinating role in international affairs. We need to reject the practices of putting one's own country first at the expense of others. We need to jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.

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