Beijing, Dec 5 (EFE).- The Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, asked this Monday the ambassadors of member states of the European Union to prioritize “dialogue” over “confrontation”, in a meeting held in Beijing before the 24th China-EU summit, which will take place in the capital of the Asian giant this Thursday.
In his speech, the chancellor stressed the importance of cooperation between China and the EU, and called on the two sides to “choose dialogue and cooperation to avoid a confrontation of blocs, a new Cold War and problems for development and global prosperity”.
“If China and Europe choose dialogue and cooperation, there will be no confrontation between sides; if they choose peace and stability, a new Cold War will not start; if they choose openness and win-win cooperation, there will be hope.” for global development and prosperity,” Wang declared during the meeting in statements reported by the pro-government newspaper Global Times.
The head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry also stressed the importance of the two sides respecting each other, maintaining calm and pragmatism and thinking strategically.
Wang also reaffirmed China’s position that Europe is a key player in multipolarization and that it supports Europe’s integration and strategic autonomy.
The China-EU summit, which will be held on December 7 and will be the first in person after the covid-19 pandemic, will bring together the president of China, Xi Jinping, with the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
The objectives of the summit are to increase mutual trust, address global challenges such as the war in Ukraine, climate change and food security, and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as economy, trade, environment and health, published the EU delegation in China this Monday.
The meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership between both blocs and the 25th anniversary of the China-EU summit mechanism.
Since China opened its borders at the beginning of the year, they have passed through the country, in addition to Von der Leyen on a previous trip; the vice president of the European Commission and head of Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis; the European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, the Commissioner for the Internal Market of the European Union, Thierry Breton, and the High European Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, among others.
The EU has sought in recent years to minimize the risks in its ties with China, which is its largest trading partner, as well as its excessive dependence, after relations between both parties were hit following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Beijing has avoided condemning, or for the investigation recently announced by Brussels into the Asian country’s subsidies for electric cars.