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Wang Yi: Differences Should Not Become Obstacles in Our Exchanges and Cooperation, Still Less Should They Justify as a Threat
2019-12-17

On the evening of December 16, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech at the "Sixty-Minute Briefing" Event of the European Policy Center.

Wang Yi said, China and the EU do have different social systems, development paths, values and concepts. Yet such differences should not become obstacles in our exchanges and cooperation. Still less should they justify taking the other as a threat, interfering in others' affairs or even seeking to remold others in one's own image. As a well-known saying in Europe goes, "All roads lead to Rome." Confucius said something similar 2,500 years ago, "All living things should grow in harmony without hurting one another; and all the ways should move forward without interfering with one another." The world we live in is a diverse and colorful place. Every country is entitled to choose a development path tailored to their own national conditions. China respects Europe and appreciates your achievements. We never interfere in Europe's internal affairs. Likewise, we hope Europe will also respect China and appreciate the choices made by the Chinese people.

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