Xi Jinping pointed out that since the beginning of this year, the international situation has undergone new changes and China-EU relations are also facing new problems. China and the EU are two independent forces and comprehensive strategic partners. It is necessary for the two sides to strengthen strategic communication and jointly promote the healthy and stable development of China-EU relations. This is in the common interests of China and the EU.
Xi Jinping emphasized that China and the EU should correctly understand each other, adhere to dialogue and cooperation, and adhere to mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results. The two sides should deepen policy communication in the green and digital fields, broaden the areas of practical cooperation, actively connect the “Belt and Road” initiative and the EU’s global connectivity initiative, and strengthen communication and cooperation on issues such as climate change and biodiversity conservation. The EU and its member states are welcome to actively participate in global development initiatives and work with China and other countries to help developing countries realize the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as soon as possible.
Xi Jinping emphasized that China and Europe are different in history, culture, social systems, and development stages. It is not surprising that there are some competitions, differences, and differences, and they should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation. China has always had the sincerity to develop China-EU relations, and at the same time, it will firmly safeguard its own sovereignty, security, and development interests. It is hoped that the European side will adhere to strategic autonomy, distinguish right from wrong, and work together with China to push forward China-EU cooperation.
Michel said that the recent evolution of the international situation has made the EU and member states more aware of the importance of enhancing strategic autonomy. Although Europe and China have different political systems and development models, both Europe and China support multilateralism. Both sides need to cooperate on fighting the new crown pneumonia epidemic, promoting economic recovery, coping with climate change, and maintaining regional peace and stability. The continuous development of the EU-China strategic partnership is in the common interests of the people of both sides. The EU is willing to strengthen dialogue and contact with China in the spirit of mutual respect, and effectively and properly manage differences. The EU abides by the one-China policy and has never changed its policy on Taiwan-related issues. The EU will uphold strategic autonomy and handle international affairs. The EU is willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation with China in the fields of green and digital economy, conduct exchanges and cooperation on global development initiatives, and maintain close communication and coordination on major international issues.
Michel introduced the EU’s views on the situation in Afghanistan. Xi Jinping emphasized that China respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, respects the independent choice of roads and systems by all countries, and advocates the coexistence and mutual learning of different civilizations. China has always played a constructive role in the political settlement of the Afghan issue, and the international community should create a good external environment for the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan.