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Wang Yi: To Ensure the Steady Progress of China-EU Relations, We Need to Get Mutual Perceptions Right

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, to ensure the steady progress of China-EU relations, we need to, first and foremost, get mutual perceptions right and keep enhancing mutual understanding and trust.

Wang Yi expressed, as far as China is concerned, our views of Europe have always been positive and constructive. We see Europe as an important cooperation partner and a priority on our diplomatic agenda. We believe that Europe is an important pole in this multi-polar world, and a prosperous and stable Europe is a contributor to the development and progress of humankind. Proceeding from such a perception, China has been firm and steadfast in supporting European integration, supporting a united and strong European Union and supporting a bigger role for Europe in international affairs. As for Europe, over the years, European countries and the EU as an organization have by and large followed a positive China policy, and worked with China to promote cooperation in all fields. That said, to be candid, there have also been divergent views about China in Europe, which are mainly reflected in the following three questions. Is China a developing or developed country? Is China a partner or a rival? Is China a friend for harmonious coexistence or a threat in a zero-sum game? Failure to address these perception issues may cause unnecessary disruptions to the future of China-EU relations. The forming of unbiased and balanced mutual perceptions would pave the way for stronger and more steady growth of China-EU relations.

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