China-EU Relations: Broader, Higher and Stronger

Written by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union

H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union

The year 2014 was a year of bumper harvest for China’s diplomacy as we made significant progress in both diplomatic philosophy and practice. China took a proactive approach in developing its relations with Europe while ensuring continuity and stability. Building on what we have achieved in the past, we had a lot to celebrate in 2014.

It was a year of new vision for China-EU relations. During his historic visit to the EU last spring, President Xi Jinping proposed to build a China-EU partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilisation and thus bridge the Chinese Dream and the European one. In his meeting and phone conversation with the new EU leadership, President Xi reiterated the direction and vision for China-EU relations, which were well received by the EU side.

It was a year of increased cooperation on a higher level. The two sides launched over 70% of the initiatives identified in the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. Trade between China and the EU exceeded US$615 billion, an increase of 9.9% year-on-year. Chinese investment in the EU reached US$9.41 billion in the first 11 months of 2014, a nearly three-fold increase. China-EU cooperation has moved further ahead not just in quantitative but also qualitative terms. The partnership for civilization has begun to take root in people’s mind. Thanks to the second meeting of the China-EU High-Level People-to-People Dialogue, cultural and people-to-people exchanges have become ever more vibrant, with 6 million people travelling between China and EU countries last year. China and the EU had a good track record of communication and coordination on the Iranian nuclear issue, climate change, international trade negotiations and other important global and regional affairs.

It was also a year witnessing fresh progress in resolving differences between China and the EU. In 2014, we resolved trade frictions properly, signalling to the international community our determination against trade protectionism and our commitment to settling disputes via dialogue and consultation. China has engaged in in-depth dialogue with the EU on human rights in a spirit of equality and seeking common ground while shelving difference. This has helped the EU understand and appreciate China’s views on human rights, its achievements as well as its commitment to the rule of law. We have increasingly come to a consensus on the need to take a long-term and holistic approach, increase mutual trust through candid dialogue and remove impediments as we work together to develop bilateral relations. 

2015 is an important year for both China and the EU. China will continue to advance reform and rule of law across the board, while the new EU leadership will work to promote growth and create jobs. Together, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, commemorate with the rest of the world the 70th anniversary of the victory against fascism and shape the post-2015 development agenda.

To build a new type of international relationship based on cooperation for mutual benefit, China and the EU will make the most of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties and deepen mutual understanding and respect for their visions through China-EU Summit, High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue, Strategic Dialogue and People-to-People Dialogue. We will support each other as we take the path of peaceful development and grow our relations in a robust, steady and sound manner. We will work together to promote a global strategic culture featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation and make it a prominent rule governing international relations.

To pursue common development of China, the EU and the rest of the world, we will continue to implement the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, advancing in particular negotiations over a bilateral investment agreement. We will strengthen cooperation in travel facilitation, high-tech, infrastructure, energy, transportation and business in an effort to build a Eurasia market. We will enhance our communication and coordination in G20, IMF, World Bank and other multilateral fora. By greater and better cooperation, we will offer each other more opportunities for development and drive economic growth on the Eurasian continent and globally.

To uphold world peace and development as well as international justice and post-WWII order, China will work with the EU and the wider international community to firmly oppose any attempts to whitewash history. We will work together to shape the post-2015 development agenda that serves the interests of all, particularly developing countries. We will intensify communication and coordination as we address terrorism, proliferation and climate change.

Confucius says, at the age of 40, one will no longer suffer from perplexities. After 40 years, China-EU relations have grown more mature and vibrant with broad prospects. I am confident that with our concerted efforts, the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will deliver even greater success and contribute more to world peace, stability and prosperity.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Eurozone: How safe are our deposits? Which banks will survive?

EU Leaders’ meeting in Sofia: Completing a trusted Digital Single Market for the benefit of all

EU-U.S. trade talks: milestone reached in mutual recognition on pharmaceuticals

7 innovative projects making cities more sustainable

It’s time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

Local innovation, international impact: SMEs and the ITU Telecom World Awards

YOUTH RIGHTS AT RISK FROM RISE OF EXTREME-RIGHT AND POPULISTS IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: prizewinning journalists freed in Myanmar, new tracking tool for suspected terrorists, and a global bid to stop snakebite deaths

How fungi could save the world

Parliament votes reform for better European Co2 market but critics want it sooner than later

Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment

Youth unemployment: No light at the end of the tunnel

What’s the difference between carbon negative and carbon neutral?

The global issue of migration in 2017

He died so I could live: UN peacekeeper pays tribute to fallen colleague

UN must provide redress for minorities placed in toxic Kosovo camps, says rights expert

FROM THE FIELD: Saving the tree kangaroos of Papua New Guinea

Quelling antimicrobial resistance: a clinico-pharmacological exigency

Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules

3 ways governments can address cybersecurity in the post-pandemic world

What next for Europe? Three (completely) different Davos views

This Dutch butcher makes plants taste just like meat

‘We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan’: UN deputy chief

EU guidance on the handling of visa applications from residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions

‘Ground Zero’: Report from the former Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan

Sweden well ahead in digital transformation yet has more to do

UN envoy commends successful conclusion of Guinea-Bissau presidential election

5 ways companies can support their remote workforce

In the age of the tourism backlash, we need ‘destination stewards’

Lagarde discusses the European Central Bank’s policy revamp with MEPs

Governments should step up their efforts to give people skills to seize opportunities in a digital world

Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers

When is Berlin telling the truth about the EU banking union?

The role of junior entrepreneurs as a bridge between academia and business world

The online junk information grows, but so we shall

Thoughtful blockchain implementation is key to improving supply chains in a post-COVID world

Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe’s interests in international trade

Mergers: Commission approves Assa Abloy’s acquisition of Agta Record, subject to conditions

Blue bonds: What they are, and how they can help the oceans

Student-teacher ratio in terms of numbers and quality: an opinion article of nowadays context worldwide

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

Take care of your borders and then expand them

How to decarbonize shipping without spending billions

More refugees being helped by family, work and study permits, finds OECD and UNHCR study

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: migration tragedy in the Rio Grande, drugs report, Torture Victims Day

The quality of health education around the globe

Ten reasons to be optimistic in 2019

Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

A staggering one-in-three women, experience physical, sexual abuse

Mobile technology, a necessary pearl in developing countries

Why 2020 will see the birth of the ‘trust economy’

World Food Day: here’s what the UN is doing to fix ‘intolerable’ wrong of hunger

Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs over 400 as Government-led relief efforts are stepped up

Primary Healthcare vs Specialization Careers, how to promote PHC to the Young Health Workforce?

EU-China Light Bridge in Brussels signals the bright coming of the Year of The Dog

NHS: A great healthcare system but how accessible is it to migrants?

Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic Congo is ‘largely contained’: WHO

How technology is leading us to new climate change solutions

With millions of girls ‘at risk’ today of genital mutilation, UN chief calls for zero tolerance

Climate change update: will the UN member states regain momentum despite the little progress at COP23?

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s