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Wang Yi Meets with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
2017/02/17

On February 16, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi who was attending the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bonn, Germany met with High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini who was also at the meeting.

Wang Yi noted that China firmly supports the European integration process and hopes to see the EU overcome difficulties, develop and grow continuously so as to achieve new development. As strategic cooperative partners, China and the EU share same or similar stances on many major global issues. The two sides should further strengthen strategic communication and deepen strategic cooperation. The Chinese side is willing to work with the EU side to actively establish China-EU four partnerships of peace, growth, reform and civilization as well as send out the positive message that China and the EU will jointly promote an open world economy and safeguard the world trade system with the WTO as its core by continuing to take advantage of the China-EU Summit and other mechanisms. China expects the EU to fulfill its commitments in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization at an early date.

Federica Mogherini expressed that in recent years, EU-China relations have been developing soundly with solid foundation and tremendous potential in bilateral cooperation. The EU side attaches great importance to the important speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at the World Economic Forum in Davos and believes that it brings new opportunities to EU-China cooperation. Under the current international situation, strengthening cooperation between the EU and China becomes more important than ever before. The EU has always regarded China as a partner rather than a threat. The EU will continue to uphold the one-China policy and is willing to enhance understanding, consolidate cooperation outcomes and strengthen strategic cooperation in global development, addressing climate change, African affairs, the Afghan issue, the Syrian issue as well as the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and other areas with China in a bid to propel the EU-China relations to develop along a correct track. The EU is willing to continue to make efforts to solve the issue of fulfilling its commitments in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization.

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