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Wang Yi: Strengthen Strategic Communication and Cooperation and Defend Multilateralism

On the evening of December 16, 2019 local time, when delivering a speech at the "Sixty-Minute Briefing" Event of the European Policy Center, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on China and the EU to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation and defend multilateralism.

Wang Yi said, Multilateralism and free trade are areas of common language between China and the EU, and represent an important underpinning force for world peace and development. In contrast, unilateralism and protectionism deviate from the trend of global development, run counter to norms and rules governing international relations, and cause disruptions to the global governance system. As two major players in our world, China and the EU can neither sit idly by nor stay immune to these trends. We must stand hand-in-hand on the right side of history and on the side of the common aspirations of the majority of countries, fulfill our due responsibilities and play our due role.

As for what multilateralism stands for in the context of our times, China believes that multilateralism should have win-win cooperation as the goal, equity and justice as the tenet, and be action-oriented. It should aim to firmly uphold the international system centered on the United Nations, the international order based on international law, and the multilateral trading system underpinned by the WTO. We need to take economic globalization in the direction of more open, inclusive, balanced and mutually beneficial development, to enable people of all countries, social strata and communities to enjoy greater well-being and share in the opportunities.

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