|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of Norway|
On December 15, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of Norway on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid.
Wang Yi expressed, with joint efforts from both sides, China-Norway relations have overcome difficulties and got back on track. The important consensus reached by the two heads of the state has provided strategic guidance for the development of bilateral relations. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of China-Norway diplomatic relations. Both sides should cherish the hard-won good situation, and continue to well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state. The two sides should respect the development path of each side, take into consideration of core interests and major concerns of each other, enhance political mutual trust, as well as properly manage sensitive issues. The Chinese side is willing to deepen practical cooperation in all fields with the Norwegian side within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and provide companies from both sides with the equal and non-discriminative environment. Under the current international situation, China and Norway should strengthen coordination, hold high the banner of multilateralism, take actions against unilateralism and bullying, and safeguard free trade, which is in the interests of all parties.
Ine Eriksen Søreide said, the Norwegian side is happy with the positive momentum of Norway-China relations. His Majesty King Harald V's state visit to China last year was very successful. And now multi-level exchanges are frequent between the two countries while trade and economy are developing smoothly. I completely agree with your exposition of multilateralism. Norway is willing to work with the Chinese side to safeguard multilateralism and free trade, and Chinese companies are welcome to take part in fair competition in Norway. No specific companies will be excluded from normal cooperation in Norway. The Norwegian side is ready to appropriately deal with differences with the Chinese side based on mutual respect, hoping to expand dialogues with the Chinese side in areas including the ocean, the Arctic and sustainable development, and strengthen coordination in seeking political solutions for regional and international hotspot issues.