On the evening of April 10, 2013, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi held a telephone conversation with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.
Yang stressed that China-EU ties are his country's top priority in foreign policy. Yang said the two sides should focus on cooperation and a win-win spirit, and push forward the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.
Ashton said the EU expected to maintain all forms of dialogue and exchange mechanisms with the Chinese side, and expand cooperation to make the EU-China ties more fruitful.
The two sides agreed to be well prepared for the 16th summit meeting of the EU and Chinese leaders this year.
They also exchanged views on Iran's nuclear issue. Yang hoped the relevant parties could make joint efforts to continue dialogue and deal with the issue through diplomatic negotiations.