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President Xi Jinping (right) meets on Monday via video link from Beijing with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. --Photo Xinhua

China backs EU’s strategic autonomy

(China Daily/ANN) -- Cooperation between China and the European Union presents opportunities to both, and the two sides share far broader common interests than differences, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, as he reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to supporting the strategic autonomy of the bloc.
Speaking during a video meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Xi reiterated the need for Beijing and Brussels to uphold the long-term strategic consensus that their bilateral relationship is not targeted at any third party, nor is it subjugated to or controlled by any third party.
The president urged China and the EU to increase communication and enhance mutual trust with a long-term perspective and on the basis of mutual respect and a proper perception of each other.
Facing geopolitical crises, the two sides need to advocate dialogue and cooperation and offset complex changes in the international landscape with the stability of China-EU relations, Xi said.
He called on both sides to seek greater synergy in their development strategies, step up policy coordination and promote the stability and growth of the world economy with the openness of China-EU cooperation to respond to the challenges of the post-pandemic recovery.
Xi said a key factor underpinning the high level of relations between China and Germany over the past 50 years is adhering to mutual respect and win-win cooperation, which is a key experience and principle that the two sides must always uphold.
He reaffirmed Beijing’s unwavering commitment to advancing ties and scaling up cooperation with Berlin, saying that China remains convinced that bilateral cooperation can lead to greater outcomes.
The two sides should step up exchanges in areas such as climate change, macroeconomic policy, financial stability, energy security, food security and the stability of industrial and supply chains, he said.
In further exploring the potential for win-win cooperation, Xi highlighted environmental protection, trade in services, artificial intelligence and greater use of digital technologies as areas in which the two sides can further work together.
On the Ukraine issue, Xi underscored that China always stands on the side of peace and makes its conclusion independently based on the merits of each matter, and that China has been working in its own way to promote peace and defuse tensions.
With the Ukraine crisis once again bringing European security to a crossroads, Xi called for every effort to prevent the conflict from intensifying to a point of no return.


(Latest Update May 11, 2022)


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