FM: China, EU should eliminate sources of unrest, strengthen ties – Xinhua

(Xinhua/ Zhai Jianlan)

BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and the European Union should form a correct perception of each other, eliminate sources of disruption and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations on the right track.

Wang made the remarks during a video meeting with Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Thursday.

Wang said that China and the EU are comprehensive strategic partners and two major independent powers in the world, without any geopolitical conflict or fundamental conflict of interest.

“We share the responsibility to maintain bilateral dialogue and cooperation, we have the obligation to adhere to the principles of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, and we must be confident in our ability to tackle global challenges together,” he said.

According to him, China and Europe should remain committed to their comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as to the principle of mutual respect and the search for common ground while putting aside differences.

Wang said we support the European side in the independent development of its relations and cooperation with China.

He added that the highest priority should be given to strengthening communication and coordination in areas (related to COVID-19) such as vaccines, diagnosis and treatment, as well as prevention and control, with a focus on providing more substantive support to developing countries.

China and Europe should continue to support each other to host the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming, China, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, UK, and the 7th World Conservation Conference. Conference of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Marseille, France.

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Wang stressed that all countries should jointly protect the international system, on the basis of the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, and jointly defend the international order based on international law.

He reiterated China’s positions on issues related to Xinjiang, Hong Kong and human rights, stressing that China’s will and determination to safeguard its national sovereignty and national dignity is unwavering.

While viewing China’s rapid development as a fact in line with the historical trend, Borrell said the EU does not intend to engage in an institutional confrontation or destabilizing relations between the EU and China, according to a press release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

He said Europe and China should deal with their differences rather than let disputes hamper their trade and cooperation.

Borrell said the EU and China should develop strong and sincere relations, which is in the interests of both sides.

The EU is ready to renew contact and dialogue with China, strengthen cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and protecting biodiversity.

The European Union does not accept the imposition of unilateral sanctions on other countries on the basis of national laws. He added that the European side adheres to its own values, but respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and does not support “Hong Kong independence.” End

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