Xi Jinping: China and the EU Should Add Stabilizing Factors to a Turbulent World
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Republic of China
President Xi Jinping is meetingâ€‚via video link with President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission in Beijing on the evening of 1 April.â€‚
President Xi recalled his visit to the EU headquarters eight years ago whenâ€‚he suggested thatâ€‚Chinaâ€‚andâ€‚Europe work together to build a bridge of friendship and cooperation across the Eurasian continent, foster a China-EU partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilization,â€‚and forgeâ€‚a China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership of greater global influence. China's vision remains unchanged. If anything, it has becomeâ€‚more relevant under the current circumstances.
President Xi pointed out that the Ukraine crisis has come on top of a protracted COVID-19 pandemic and a faltering global recovery.â€‚Against such a backdrop, China and the EU, as two major forces, big markets andâ€‚greatâ€‚civilizations, should increase communication on theirâ€‚relations and on major issues concerning global peace and development, and play a constructive roleâ€‚in adding stabilizing factorsâ€‚toâ€‚aâ€‚turbulent world.
President Xi stressed that, since last year, China-EU relations have made new progressâ€‚despiteâ€‚challenges, and China-EU cooperation has achieved new resultsâ€‚despite difficulties. It has been provenâ€‚that China and the EU share extensive common interests and a solidâ€‚foundation for cooperation, and that only through cooperation and coordination can the two sides resolve problems and rise to challenges. Noting the consistency and continuity of China's EU policy, President Xi called on the EU to form its own perception of China, adopt an independent China policy, and work with China forâ€‚the steady and sustainedâ€‚growth of China-EU relations.
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