Beijing, December 12 (Xinhua) -- On December 7, President Xi Jinping met with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who came to China for the 12th China-EU Summit, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
Xi Jinping pointed out that since the end of last year, China-EU relations have shown a good momentum of consolidation and development, and high-level dialogues in the strategic, economic and trade, green and digital fields have achieved rich results, which is in line with the interests of both sides and the expectations of the people. China and the EU are two major forces promoting multipolarization, two major markets supporting globalization, and two major civilizations advocating diversity. It is incumbent upon both sides to work together to provide more stability for the world and more impetus for development.
Xi Jinping stressed that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the EU. The two sides should sum up historical experience, grasp the general trend of the world, and adhere to the correct positioning of the comprehensive strategic partnership. The two sides need to consolidate their political foundation, view each other from a strategic perspective, give full play to the leading role of the summit and the five high-level dialogues, strengthen strategic communication, and enhance understanding and properly handle differences through constructive dialogue. The two sides should establish a correct understanding, enhance mutual understanding and trust, respect trustworthiness and righteousness, and wholeheartedly develop relations. The economies of China and the EU are highly complementary, and the two sides should do more to strengthen the ties of the China-EU community of interests through deeper and broader cooperation. China's economic growth has maintained a steady and positive momentum. China is promoting high-quality development and high-level opening-up, and is willing to regard the EU as a key partner in economic and trade cooperation, a priority partner in scientific and technological cooperation, and a credible partner in industrial and supply chain cooperation, so as to pursue mutual benefit and win-win results and achieve common development. The two sides should strengthen the complementarity of market, capital and technological advantages, promote the upgrading of traditional industries and the development of emerging industries, explore new models of cooperation, create new growth points, and work together to improve the industrial and supply chains. The two sides should also strengthen people-to-people exchanges and facilitate people-to-people exchanges.
Xi Jinping stressed that Chinese modernization and European integration are strategic choices made by China and the EU with an eye to the future, and that China and the EU should respect and support each other, strengthen the synergy of development strategies, and achieve common development. The Belt and Road Initiative is an open platform that has brought tangible benefits to more than 150 countries and people around the world. Give people roses, and there is a lingering fragrance in your hands. China is ready to continue to promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, including synergy with the EU's Global Gateway initiative, and work together to help developing countries accelerate their development. The two sides need to strengthen communication and coordination within multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations and the G<>, uphold multilateralism, oppose bloc confrontation, promote political settlement of international and regional hotspot issues, carry out dialogue and cooperation on major issues related to the future of mankind such as artificial intelligence, and contribute to improving the well-being of all mankind and addressing global challenges.
Michel and von der Leyen said that the EU and China are the world's two major powers, each other's important economic and trade partners, and the fields of cooperation are becoming more and more extensive. EU-China cooperation is mutually beneficial and equal, and the good management and development of EU-China relations have a direct bearing on the interests of the two peoples and on the prosperity and security of the world. The EU attaches great importance to its relations with China, does not want to decouple from China, looks forward to developing long-term, stable, predictable and sustainable relations with China, and hopes to inject new impetus into the future development of EU-China relations through this EU-China summit. The EU side is pleased with the results of the EU-China high-level dialogue in various fields since the beginning of this year, believes that the long-term stable development of China's economy is in Europe's interests, and hopes that the two sides will continue to strengthen dialogue and cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, green and digital, work together to maintain the stability and security of supply chains and industrial chains, and strengthen dialogue and seek cooperation on major global issues related to the future of mankind, such as climate change and artificial intelligence. The EU adheres to the one-China policy. The EU is ready to strengthen communication and enhance understanding with China on issues of disagreement in an open and frank manner. The EU and China share common responsibilities and interests for world peace and stability. The EU is ready to work closely with China to uphold multilateralism, uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and promote the resolution of regional hotspot issues such as Ukraine and the Middle East.
Wang Yi attended the meeting.