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Wang Yi Talks About the Ten-point Consensus Between China and the European Union (EU)

2019-03-18

On March 18, 2019 local time, when jointly meeting the press with the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that China and the EU are comprehensive strategic partners, and that how to treat the cooperation and competition between China and the EU is the current focus of concerns of various parties. In this High-level Strategic Dialogue, the two sides agreed that bilateral cooperation far outweighs competition, and they share far more consensus than divergence. To sum up, China and the EU share important consensus in ten aspects:

First, both sides support multilateralism and oppose unilateral practice; second, both sides support the United Nations (UN) in playing a leading role in the international affairs, and safeguard the basic norms of international relations based on the purposes of the UN Charter; third, both sides support the building of an open world economy, and oppose protectionism; fourth, both sides support the rules-based multilateral trading system, and the reform and enhancement of the World Trade Organization; fifth, both sides support the peaceful settlement of the hotspot issues and regional disputes through dialogue and consultation; sixth, both sides support stronger international cooperation against global challenges including the climate change; seventh, both sides support the adherence to the international non-proliferation regime, and maintain global strategic stability; eighth, both sides support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and commitment to reducing economic inequality and the North-South divide; ninth, both sides support the campaign against all forms of terrorism, and taking holistic measures to contain the spread of extremism; and tenth, both sides support the post-war international system and order, and will not construct another system anew.

Federica Mogherini totally agreed with Wang Yi, and expressed the belief that the consensus will be furthered expanded when the cooperation between the two sides is deepened further.

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