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Wang Yi Meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok of the Netherlands

On May 20, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok of the Netherlands on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Buenos Aires.

Wang Yi expressed that the Netherlands is an important cooperative partner of China within the European Union (EU) and China-Netherlands relations have an important position in China-EU relations. In recent years, exchanges and cooperation in various fields between China and the Netherlands have maintained a robust momentum. Not long ago, King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited China successively, mapping out the new blueprint for the development of bilateral relations. China is willing to, together with the Netherlands, well implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to maintain the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations. It is hoped that the Netherlands will continuously provide a fair, friendly and open environment for bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, give play to the advantage of interconnectivity of the three-dimensional channel including sea, land and air between the two countries as well as strengthen cooperation in various fields under the "Belt and Road" framework.

Stef Blok said that not long ago, King and Prime Minister of the Netherlands paid successful visits to China respectively, during which both sides signed a series of cooperation agreements. The Netherlands expects to further reinforce exchanges and cooperation in various fields with China. Since the current international community faces quite a few common challenges, the Netherlands looks forward to strengthening communication and coordination with China on major international and regional issues. As the "Belt and Road" initiative is conducive to international trade, the Netherlands holds an open attitude towards it and is willing to strengthen cooperation with China regarding the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" under the framework of the EU.

Wang Yi introduced China's stance on the issue of economic and trade frictions between China and the United States (US) at inquiry. Wang Yi expressed that China and the US properly handle the issue of trade frictions through equal dialogue, which conforms to the interests of the two countries and their peoples and is in line with the common aspirations of the international community. China will continue to firmly safeguard multilateralism and maintain the free trade system with the rules of the World Trade Organization at the core. Stef Blok expressed that the Netherlands has always advocated free trade and supported an open economy. The Netherlands praises China for properly handling relevant issues with wisdom.

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