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China, EU aim for better ties through progress in six areas

China, EU Aim for Better Ties Through Progress in Six Areas: Chinese FM

BERLIN – China and the European Union (EU) face a vital opportunity to develop better bilateral relations, and the two sides should strive for progress in six areas, said visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday.
Wang made the statements during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in response to a reporter’s question about his expectations for the development of China-EU relations and cooperation.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the EU and the first year of the new EU institutions. It is also an important year for Germany to assume its presidency of the Council of the EU again, Wang said.
Under the current circumstances, he said, China-EU relations face an essential opportunity for further development.
First, the two sides should prepare for the China-EU high-level exchanges in the next step, to pave the way for bilateral cooperation.
Second, China and the EU are expected to conclude the China-EU Comprehensive Investment Agreement negotiations this year, which has entered the final phase. Both sides should step up their efforts and take political decisions when necessary to find a solution to the outstanding issues, he said.
Third, the two sides should sign the China-EU 2025 Strategic Cooperation Program as soon as possible, to provide plans and frameworks for dialogue and cooperation.
Fourth, China and the EU should relentlessly advance international cooperation on climate change and take further steps to this end, Wang said, adding that China has already fulfilled its emission reduction commitment for 2020 two years ahead of schedule and actively working on medium and long term targets.
Fifth, China and the EU should also strengthen cooperation in the digital economy. The two sides have their advantages and shared concerns in the development of the digital economy. “We must continue to open our markets to each other, strengthen cooperation in the technology industry and work on the formulation of standards, rules and regulations in the global digital domain,” he urged.
Finally, the two parties should also strengthen their support for multilateral institutions, by supporting the central role of the United Nations and of the Security Council in particular, in the maintenance of world peace and security, by accelerating the implementation of the Program of sustainable development by 2030, Wang added.
Chinese Foreign Minister also said the two sides should uphold the core values and basic principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO), support the leadership and coordination role of the World Health Organization (WHO) to help countries to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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