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China and the European Union (EU) Stand Together in Firmly Supporting Multilateralism

On August 3, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting with High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation in Singapore.

Wang Yi noted that the China-EU Summit was successfully held in Beijing not long ago, during which the two sides reached important consensus on safeguarding the rules-based multilateral trading system and resisting protectionism and unilateralism. Facing the current international situation which is full of uncertainty and instability, it is very important for China and the EU, two forces for stabilization, to enhance strategic communication and cooperation in a timely manner, and firmly support multilateralism as well as international rules, which not only conforms to the interests of the two sides, but also is conducive to maintaining world peace and stability.

Federica Mogherini expressed that the EU side is pleased with the recent successful EU-China Summit. The EU and China are long-term friends. Regarding China as a major and key strategic partner, the EU has no intention to adopt any policy or take any action against China. The EU stands together with China in supporting multilateralism and free trade. The EU side is willing to further enhance strategic communication and cooperation with the Chinese side.

The two sides exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue, and both agreed to continue to well safeguard and implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear issue, maintain the seriousness and authority of international agreements, and safeguard the basic norms of international law. Both sides expressed the objection to any unilateral sanction, and agreed to strengthen coordination and strive to maintain the rights of various parties under the JCPOA.

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