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Wang Yi: China and the EU Should Possess and Raise Historical Consciousness and the Sense of Shouldering Responsibility of Our Times

On June 1, 2018 local time, when jointly meeting the press with the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Brussels, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and the EU, the two stabilizing forces in today's international landscape as well as the two positive factors for promoting the cause of peace and development for mankind, should possess and raise historical consciousness and the sense of shouldering responsibility of our times in this regard, so as to constantly enhance strategic communication and coordination in international affairs.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership, which is an important opportunity that inherits the past and ushers the future for China-EU relations. The connotation of China-EU relations has been constantly expanded over the past 15 years, forming a sound pattern of all-round exchanges and cooperation. Over the past 15 years, even though we have different views on some affairs, yet our consensus has been constantly accumulated and expanded. Though there are some issues existing in exchanges between both sides, the need for bilateral cooperation has been prominently enhanced.

Wang Yi said that in face of the current international situation which is full of uncertainties, we are increasingly aware of the importance of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership and the value that goes beyond China-EU relations. Both China and the EU should jointly maintain the international multilateral system with the United Nations as the core, join hands to promote the political settlement of regional hotspot issues, and gradually reform and improve global governance system, so as to inject more stability and positive energy into the world and provide the international community with more public products and positive expectations.

Wang Yi said that both China and the EU are the beneficiaries of economic globalization and free trade, and we are dedicated to maintaining the rules-based multilateral trading system and opposing unilateralism and protectionism. This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. The achievements China has made benefit from its reform and opening up, and it is in greater need to realize the high-quality development in the future in further opening up. A much more open China will certainly bring new opportunities to the EU and the world. China and the EU are willing to further expand cooperation in all fields including trade, investment, finance, innovation and sustainable development, so as to boost the vitality for the world economy, and realize win-win cooperation in common development.

The "Belt and Road" is the biggest public product China has offered to the international community to this day, which adheres to extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and advocates openness, transparency and inclusiveness. The joint building of the "Belt and Road" should surely follow international rules and market rules, and also pursue green environmental protection and higher quality standards. China is willing to integrate the "Belt and Road" with the Investment Plans for Europe as well as the Asia-Europe connectivity strategy which is being formulated by the EU, so as to expand cooperation space, achieve complementary advantages and promote common prosperity in the integration process.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU Summit mechanism. Both sides have been actively preparing for this summit of special significance. It is believed that under joint efforts of both sides, China-EU relations will certainly achieve new and greater development.

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