|Wang Yi Holds Collective Meeting with Envoys to China from European Union and Member States|
On December 21, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a collective meeting with envoys to China from the European Union (EU) and 27 of its member states in Beijing.
Wang Yi said this has been an extraordinary year, as the COVID-19 pandemic brought a huge impact to the world. Wang Yi thanked the diplomatic envoys for staying in Beijing, working with the Chinese people to overcome the difficulties and fight against the epidemic, and maintaining normal exchanges between their countries and China. The COVID-19 will be defeated and mankind will surely win.
Wang Yi said this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the EU, a great year for China-EU relations. The China-EU relations have made significant progress while overcoming the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. China and the EU have supported each other and actively carried out cooperation against the COVID-19 pandemic. The two sides successfully held the China-EU Summit and the China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting, which provided strategic guidance for the sound development of China-EU relations. Practical cooperation has become a highlight of the development of China-EU relations. China has become the largest trading partner of the bloc for the first time. The two sides have formally signed the China-EU Agreement on Geographical Indications and are expected to reach the China-EU investment agreement. The two sides also decided to establish two high-level dialogue mechanisms on environment and climate as well as digital cooperation. China and the EU have maintained strategic coordination in international and multilateral affairs. Both sides advocate and practice multilateralism, and promote political settlement of international and regional hotspot issues. The two sides also work together to strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination, promote world economic recovery, push the reform of the World Trade Organization, enhance international cooperation on climate change, improve global governance, and conduct beneficial exchanges in the fields including education, science and technology and culture. The two sides have successfully held the fifth meeting of the China-EU high-level people-to-people dialogue.
Wang Yi said the current international situation is complex and volatile. China and the EU, as two important forces in the process of multi-polarization, should jointly provide more stability to the world. The more complex the situation becomes, the more important it is to remain objective and rational, step up communication and dialogue, enhance mutual trust, remove all kinds of interference and work for a stable and lasting China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. The two sides should foster and build correct mutual understanding, increase trust, dispel misgivings, seek common ground while shelving differences, seek common ground while resolving differences, and work together to meet global challenges, so as to let the world enjoy lasting peace and development.
Wang Yi said, for China and the EU, cooperation far outweighs competition, and the areas of consensus far exceed differences. China and the EU are partners of mutually beneficial cooperation and their bilateral relations enjoy strong vitality. President Xi Jinping pointed out that China and the EU should adhere to peaceful coexistence, openness and cooperation, multilateralism and dialogue and consultation. This is an important experience for the development of China-EU relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two sides and also an important principle for further developing China-EU relations. No matter how the international situation changes, China and the EU should make dialogue and cooperation the dominant theme, pursue mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, and properly manage and handle differences.
Wang Yi said next year is the first year of China's 14th Five-Year Plan, and also the year for the EU to launch a massive recovery program. China-EU relations are facing important opportunities. The two sides should seize the opportunities and build on it to carry out all-round cooperation.
The head of the EU delegation to China and the envoys to China from EU member states thanked State Councilor Wang Yi for his candid and in-depth exchange of views with them, which will help deepen their understanding of many major issues. Europe attaches great importance to China's important role in the world. Europe is willing to work with China to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two sides, strengthen communication and exchanges, and jointly push forward major agendas and pragmatic cooperation in various fields, so as to jointly address global challenges, maintain world peace and security, and promote growth and prosperity.