Tuesday the handshake between the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) with the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini
A few weeks after President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Italy, f Monaco and France, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang went to Europe on Monday for a series of high-level meetings, with the aim of consolidating the cooperation between China and Europe.
Li’s visit will end tomorrow and will bring the Chinese premier to Brussels for an annual meeting with the leaders of the European Union (EU), and in Croatia for an official visit and a meeting of the leaders of China and Central European countries and Eastern Europe (CEEC).
“The global significance of relations between China and the EU is increasingly significant,” said Zhan Ming
Among the main reasons that led many Chinese diplomats to Europe, there is the ninth round of high-level strategic dialogue between China and the EU, held last month, in which the two sides reached a “ten-point consensus“, in support of multilateralism and an open world economy.
Moreover, in this historical phase in which relations between China and the US are weakening, Europe for China is increasingly interesting. According to data processed by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, two-way trade reached a record high of 682.2 billion dollars in 2018, with an increase of 10.6% compared to the previous year. Furthermore, China and Europe are building a broad consensus for cooperation within the Belt and Road initiative.
Bilateral relations between China and the EU have entered a phase of solid development
Among the most important events of the visit of Chinese representatives in Brussels was the meeting of the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi with the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the meeting of China-EU leaders on Tuesday.
The two complimented the efforts with which China and the EU reached an agreement on the joint statement released on Tuesday. The declaration represents the high level of the global strategic partnership between China and the EU. Mogherini expressed appreciation for the work carried out by both teams for the joint declaration
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