Envoy urges for enhanced China-EU relations


DM Monitoring

BRUSSELS: China and European Union (EU) relations have kept a sound momentum of development in the past 45 years. Under the new circumstances, the two sides are now facing shared new missions, and it is more important than ever to keep the China-EU ties in good shape, Zhang Ming, head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, has said.
Zhang made the remarks in an article published Wednesday by Brussels Times and Euroactiv on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU diplomatic ties.
He said the two sides have in the past 45 years established the comprehensive strategic partnership, and are actively promoting partnerships for peace, growth, reform and civilization.
“China-EU relations have been enhanced with new dynamism and dimensions over the past 45 years. Last year, our bilateral trade was worth 300 times as much as that in the early days of our diplomatic relations,” he wrote, noting bilateral cooperation has expanded to many more areas such as peace and security, environment, science, technology, culture, education and health.
Forty-five years on, the two sides are now facing shared new missions under the new circumstances, said the Chinese envoy.
“The COVID-19 has posed unprecedented health, economic and social challenges to the whole international community, including China and the EU. This crisis has prompted us to carefully think about how to keep our economies and societies resilient, how to promote harmonious co-existence between man and nature, and how to steer globalization in the right direction. To find the answers, it is more important than ever to keep the China-EU relations in good shape,” he noted.
According to Zhang, the Chinese economy is moving from high-speed growth to high-quality development, in which technological innovation, digital connectivity and environmental protection play a more prominent role. The EU is in a twin transition to a green and digital economy.
“We need higher-quality development. We must make economic growth less resource-intensive… It is up to us to foster new drivers of cooperation in these areas, which will help improve livelihoods and better protect the planet that we call home,” he said.
Zhang also called for closer cooperation. “In face of the pandemic, China and the EU choose to work together in solidarity. This illustrates once again that we are partners that need each other.”
Talking about the threat to globalization posed by the pandemic, Zhang maintained that “interdependence is not outdated, neither decoupling nor self-isolation offers a way out.”