|Wang Yi Meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide of Norway|
On August 1, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting at request with Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide of Norway before attending the Foreign Ministers' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation in Singapore.
Wang Yi expressed that China-Norway relations went through twists and turns in previous years. However, both sides have maintained the political foundation for bilateral relations through earnest and solemn consultations. China-Norway exchanges are currently showcasing a sound momentum. China is a major country with a population of more than 1.3 billion. China's rapid development and progress will be a great contribution to mankind as well as an important opportunity for China to carry out cooperation with various countries including Norway. In the future, both sides should earnestly respect each other's core interests and major concerns, well consolidate the basic mutual trust established by the two sides, and constantly usher in the future of China-Norway relations. As both China and Norway advocate free trade, the two sides should speed up the negotiation on a free trade agreement, and safeguard the rules-based global free trade system with practical actions.
Ine Eriksen Søreide expressed that Norway-China exchanges and cooperation in various fields enjoy rapid recovery and development after the normalization of bilateral relations, with which the Norwegian side is pleased. The Norwegian side respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as respects China's core interests and major concerns. The Norwegian side hopes to, together with the Chinese side, enhance high-level exchanges, and promote the cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, maritime economy and winter sports for positive outcomes. At present, global free trade system is faced with enormous challenges and threats. The Norwegian side stands ready to, together with the Chinese side, strengthen communication and cooperation, and shoulder due responsibilities, so as to jointly safeguard the rules-based international order and multilateral trading system.