|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok of the Netherlands|
On June 19, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok of the Netherlands in Beijing.
Wang Yi expressed that as one of the first Western countries to recognize the People's Republic of China and a founding member of the European Union (EU), the Netherlands has long been standing at the forefront of European countries in developing relations with China. This fine tradition deserves to be cherished. It is believed that no matter how the situation may evolve, both sides will inherit and carry forward the fine tradition.
Wang Yi pointed out that China and the Netherlands are each other's opportunity. The sound and steady development of China-Netherlands relations brings tangible benefits to the two peoples and is in full compliance with respective and common interests of the two countries. History and reality of China-Netherlands relations have proved that countries with different national conditions, different systems, different development paths, and different levels of development can be good friends and good partners and achieve common development and prosperity. The Chinese side stands ready to, together with the Dutch side, uphold the concepts of mutual respect, openness and inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, intensify high-level exchanges, push for joint efforts to pursue high-quality construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, and strengthen communication and coordination within such multilateral mechanisms as the G20, in a bid to seek new and greater development of the open and practical comprehensive cooperative partnership.
Stef Blok said that the Netherlands and China enjoy long-standing traditional friendship, close high-level exchanges and fruitful cooperation outcomes in such areas as economy, trade, investment, agriculture and science and technology. The Dutch side praises China's tremendous development, especially the great achievements in the cause of poverty reduction, which not only benefits the Chinese people, but also makes significant contributions to the world. The Dutch side is willing to, together with the Chinese side, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, deepen dialogue and cooperation, strengthen coordination in international affairs, jointly deal with global changes including climate change and safeguard the open free trade regime in a bid to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. The Dutch side is ready to provide a level playing field for enterprises of all countries including China.
Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on the Korean Peninsula situation, the Iranian nuclear issue, the Syrian issue, counter-terrorism, the Venezuelan issue and other international and regional hotspot issues of common concern.