'Huge demand for cooperation' as European ministers meet with China's Wang Yi
Wang Yi spoke to the media in Guiyang after the meetings. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

Wang Yi spoke to the media in Guiyang after the meetings. /Chinese Foreign Ministry


China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted several of his European counterparts in China this week, as they discussed relations between Beijing and Brussels and cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European nations.

Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, Serbia's Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, Hungary's Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Minister Peter Szijjarto, and Ireland's Foreign and Defence Minister Simon Coveney visited China. The ministers met Wang Yi separately in the southwestern city of Guiyang, in Guizhou Province.

The meetings were to "promote the accelerated development of Central and Eastern European countries, promote the process of European integration and to promote China-EU relations to gain new momentum," according to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  


During the meetings, Wang focused on strong China-Europe ties and constructive action to fix any areas where "there are some difficulties in China-EU relations that deserve attention."

The correct approach should be to conduct constructive dialogue, enhance mutual understanding, eliminate misunderstandings, expand consensus, focus on mutually beneficial cooperation and promote the realization of China-EU relations on the premise of respecting basic facts, Wang added.  

The ministers noted the lack of geopolitical or structural reasons for negative China-Europe relations and agreed there was a "huge demand for cooperation."

In his meeting with Ireland's Coveney, Wang said "mutual respect for each other's development path and the differences in the two countries' histories, cultures," was key. 

"We all believe that strengthening dialogue and cooperation in the post-epidemic era should be a common choice for China and Europe," Wang told reporters after the meetings ended.

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