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Wang Yi Speaks with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on the Phone

2020/11/23

On November 23, 2020, State Councilor Wang Yi had a phone conversation with the high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

Wang Yi said the pandemic is still festering all over the world and the evolution of the international situation is accelerating. China and the EU, two stabilizing forces in the process of multi-polarization, need to maintain an objective and rational stance in the growing complex situation, strengthen communication and dialogue, continuously enhance mutual trust and eliminate all kinds of distraction. The two sides should first of all handle their respective domestic affairs well, and at the same time strengthen strategic cooperation and play a constructive role in dealing with global challenges. The two sides should maintain the right direction of China-EU relations, stick to peaceful coexistence, openness and cooperation, multilateralism as well as dialogue and consultation, which are not only important experience gained over the 45 years since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties, but also key principles for the healthy and stable development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership in the future. China is willing to maintain close communication with the EU side on the important agenda for the next stage, work harder to push forward and reach the China-EU investment treaty, and strengthen coordination and cooperation on climate change and biodiversity conservation so as to provide an institutional framework and sound expectations for bilateral cooperation in key areas. The two sides should strengthen strategic alignment, jointly build an open world economy, and oppose protectionism in a bid to provide fair, transparent and non-discriminatory business environment for their respective enterprises, and inject more positive energy into the global economic recovery.

Wang Yi said the EU's upholding strategic autonomy not only serves the fundamental and long-term interests of Europe, but also meets the common expectations of the international community for the EU. Strategic autonomy is a necessary character for staying independent as a polar of the world. China believes that the EU's strategic autonomy should embody upholding multilateralism and opposing unilateral dominance; pursuing openness and cooperation and opposing man-made "decoupling"; making independent foreign policies according to the norms governing international relations and opposing confrontation among different blocs and a new "Cold War". The Chinese side hopes that EU's strategic autonomy can also embody the formulation and implementation of the correct policies towards China. The relations among major countries should not be an either-or decision, much less a zero-sum game. The Chinese side has maintained highly stable and continuous policies towards the EU, always treats Europe in an optimistic and positive light, and views the bloc as an important partner as well as a diplomatic priority. China hopes that the EU side can establish a cooperation-oriented framework for its policies towards China, and develop more positive EU-China relations.

Borrell said the EU appreciates China's climate target to reach CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, which provides a model for the whole world. The EU is ready to strengthen cooperation with China on climate change and biodiversity conservation in an all-round way, and to push forward the negotiation of the EU-China investment treaty and strive for conclusion within the year. The EU side thinks highly of China's tremendous development achievements and its important contribution to world peace and prosperity. The EU will take an objective and rational view of China's development and adopt an independent policy towards China based on EU's own interests. Despite the fact that the EU and China are different in political systems, as well as in historical and cultural backgrounds, the EU side is ready to carry out effective cooperation with China in the spirit of mutual respect, and jointly tackle global challenges so as to add more elements of balancing and predictability to the world.

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