Wang Yi talks with the French Foreign Minister on the phone:Supporting the EU as a pole in the world
Wang Yi said that this year is a year for Sino-French relations to overcome the challenges of the epidemic and achieve development against the trend. President Xi Jinping has made many phone calls with President Macron and recently attended the 3rd Paris Peace Forum together to safeguard multilateralism and promote international cooperation. This fully embodies the high level of mutual trust between the two heads of state and the high-level comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries, and demonstrates the responsibility of the two major powers of China and France to jointly respond to global challenges, and has had a positive impact on the world. At present, the new crown pneumonia epidemic is still spreading globally. We are gratified that the French epidemic has slowed down recently after experiencing a high rebound. We believe that under the leadership of President Macron, the French government and people will be able to completely overcome the epidemic.
Wang Yi said that China has noticed that President Macron has recently called on the European Union to adhere to strategic autonomy. This reflects France’s independent diplomatic tradition and is in line with Europe’s fundamental and long-term interests. China has always advocated multi-polarization of the world and supported the EU to stand on its own as a pole of the world. This is not a temporary idea of the Chinese side, but a consistent strategic thinking. The social systems of China and Europe are different. This is the independent choice of their respective people and is also based on their own unique historical and cultural traditions. France is the first Western power to formally establish diplomatic relations with China, and has a better understanding of China’s historical changes and reform and development process. The most important reason for Sino-French relations to overcome wind and rain and maintain the momentum of development is mutual respect. Both sides should continue to carry forward this tradition, treat each other’s differences with an open and inclusive attitude, and accommodate each other’s reasonable concerns. China is the defender of the current international order. We will firmly safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and practice the basic norms of international relations based on the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. China has always adhered to the path of peaceful development and achieved its own development through mutual benefit and win-win cooperation with other countries. China has written peaceful development into the Constitution, which has become the will of the country, and will continue to stick to it.
Le Drian expressed his sincere thanks to President Xi Jinping for attending the 3rd Paris Peace Forum through video, which is a strong support for France. France highly appreciates the cooperation between the two sides in the fight against the epidemic and is willing to intensify high-level exchanges with China to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. France firmly supports multilateralism and has always maintained that Europe and China should develop friendly relations based on the principles of mutual respect and mutual trust. France maintains that no matter how the international situation changes, the EU’s position of maintaining strategic autonomy should not be changed.
The two sides agreed to strengthen communication and coordination, actively prepare for the next stage of high-level exchanges, deepen civil nuclear energy cooperation, continue to support each other, and successfully host the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Kunming Convention on Biological Diversity and Marseille The 7th World Congress of Nature Conservation.
The two sides also exchanged views on advancing the negotiation of the China-EU Investment Agreement. Both believe that speeding up the completion of the negotiations is in the interests of both China and the EU and agrees to reach an agreement as soon as possible through consultations.
Wang Yi talks with the Hungarian Foreign Minister on the phone:China is willing to work with Central and Eastern European countries to carry out exchanges and cooperation in various fields in a flexible manner
On November 20, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with Hungarian Foreign Minister Sijaldo at an appointment.
Wang Yi said that China-Hungary relations have maintained a good momentum of development. Under the strategic guidance of the leaders of the two countries, mutual trust has been continuously consolidated and cooperation in various fields has progressed smoothly. Economic and trade exchanges have grown against the trend, showing strong resilience and a broader space for cooperation. The Zhengzhou-Budapest cargo flight opened an efficient and convenient”air corridor” between the two parties, and landmark cooperation projects such as the Hungary-Serbia Railway made positive progress. China supports Chinese companies to invest and start businesses in Hungary, supports Chinese companies to carry out vaccine cooperation with Hungary in accordance with laws and regulations, and will continue to facilitate Hungary’s procurement of anti-epidemic materials in China.
Wang Yi said that under the epidemic situation, the China-Central and Eastern European countries (17+1) cooperation mechanism has played an active role in the cooperation between the two sides to fight the epidemic, showing the endogenous motivation of the mechanism and the needs of countries. Hungary is an important participant in the”17+1 cooperation”, and China is willing to work with Hungary and other Central and Eastern European countries to carry out exchanges and cooperation in various fields of 17+1 in a flexible manner.
Wang Yi said that the current international situation has entered a period of turbulent change. China and Hungary should strengthen strategic communication and coordination, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the two countries, and contribute to the promotion of world peace and stability. It is expected that Hungary will continue to play an active role in maintaining and promoting China-EU relations.
Sijaldo highly appreciates the important results of the anti-epidemic cooperation between the two countries, and hopes that China will continue to provide support and convenience for Hungary’s procurement of anti-epidemic drugs and vaccines in China. Sijaldo said that developing relations with China and promoting EU-China friendship are in the interests of Hungary. Hungary opposes interference by external forces in China’s internal affairs, and will continue to promote Hungary-China relations on the basis of mutual respect, and is willing to play a positive role in the healthy development of EU-China relations. Welcome China to expand investment in Hungary, and Hungary will never adopt discriminatory policies against Chinese companies. Hungary has always been a strong supporter of”17+1 cooperation”. (Total station CCTV reporter Wu Wen Qian)
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