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Wang Yi Meets with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles
2022-09-22 22:55

On September 21, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi said that the world now finds itself in a period of turbulence and transformation. China and the EU, as two major forces in a multi-polar world, should shoulder due responsibilities, stay committed to the basic position of being a strategic partner to each other, and maintain the sound momentum of dialogue and communication. It is believed that the EU will maintain strategic autonomy and work with China to promote the steady and sustained growth of bilateral relations. First, adhere to mutual benefit and resist decoupling with others and severing supply chains. Second, uphold multilateralism and oppose bloc confrontation. Third, stay committed to seeking common ground while shelving differences, refrain from treating others as rivals, and refrain from reducing cooperation because of competition. The two sides should hold a new round of high-level strategic dialogue at an early date, and strive to launch high-level dialogues on economy and trade, green development, digital sectors, as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges within this year. China and the EU should also step up dialogue and cooperation in the fields of macro-economy, finance, supply chain, energy and climate change to jointly address global challenges.

Borrell expressed that the world is out of order and Europe faces challenges to stability. The EU attaches great importance to China's status and role as a major country, and China is indispensable to addressing global challenges and safeguarding the postwar order. The EU is willing to continue its strategic communication with China and give full play to the role of high-level dialogue mechanisms in various fields. The EU is deeply concerned about the possibility of nuclear proliferation and hopes that China will exert its important influence to jointly find a way out of the problem.

Wang Yi said that the Ukraine situation is showing a trend of expansion and prolongation, and its negative spillover effects are becoming more severe, which China does not want to see. At present, the most pressing task is to cease fire and bring the conflict to an end. China will neither stand by nor add fuel to the fire, but will continue to play its role in its own way. At the same time, we support the EU and major European countries in continuing their active mediation and making every effort to strive for peace.

The two sides also exchanged views on human rights issues and agreed that communication and dialogue should be maintained and that human rights issues should not be politicized.

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