On June 28, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with outgoing Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to China Nicolas Chapuis.
Wang Yi said, over recent years, China and the EU have reached the Agreement on Geographical Indications, established high-level dialogue mechanisms on digital and green issues, and completed the negotiations on the China-EU investment agreement, achieving important results in cooperation. At the same time, some differences between the two sides also affect the sound development of China-EU relations from time to time. The key is that the EU should form a more objective and correct perception of China's development direction. China will continue to follow the path of peaceful development, and develop new systems for a higher-standard open economy. China and Europe are partners rather than competitors, let alone systemic rivals.
Wang Yi pointed out, the world has entered a period of volatility and turbulence, with increasing risks and challenges. As two important forces in the world, China and the EU should strengthen dialogue and communication. We should unswervingly uphold the partnership, which is fundamental to bilateral relations; stick to the way we get along with each other, which features seeking common ground while reserving differences; carry on the cooperation mode that features mutual benefit and win-win outcomes; and champion multilateralism, which represents the trend of the times. By so doing, the two sides can provide more stability and positive energy for the world. This is not only an international responsibility shouldered by China and the EU, but also fully conforms to the fundamental and long-term interests of both sides.
Chapuis said, there is great potential for the development of EU-China relations. Despite differences, the two sides can seek common interests and achieve win-win results. The EU, like China, does not want to see the world fall into bloc confrontation. The EU is ready to work with China to jointly address global challenges such as climate change, the once-in-a-century pandemic and digital transformation. The EU adheres to the one-China principle, and will not break this commitment. Chapuis also expounded on the EU's position on the Ukraine issue. The EU expects an early ceasefire and end of the conflict, and hopes that China will play an active role in this regard.