Experts hail China-EU leaders’ meeting


BEIJING: The consensuses reached between China and the European Union (EU) at their virtual meeting Monday will significantly contribute to the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, experts worldwide have said.
Underlining Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks at the meeting that China and the EU are not rivals, but partners, Sylwester Szafarz, former consul general of Poland in the Chinese city of Shanghai, said the meeting’s outcomes can be a powerful stimulus to the world recovery, for example in the field of people-to-people cooperation and new technologies. Szafarz said that China and the EU already have a rich heritage of cooperation in all key areas, which is a valuable and solid foundation for the promotion of their ties in the future. “China and the EU will be a guarantee of the reconstruction and rebirth of our entire civilization, ensuring peace, strengthening security, developing win-win cooperation and building a better tomorrow for the whole world,” Szafarz added. Wilson Lee Flores, a columnist of The Philippine Star newspaper, said the meeting, the first official one between Chinese leaders and the new EU leaders, is very important for the world economic recovery and efforts to overcome the pandemic. Cooperation between China and the EU that in total account for one third of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) can be dynamic catalysts of robust world trade and economic growth at this critical moment, he said. – Agencies