“We always honor our words, and in that respect we expect our partners to honor their words as well”, China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlights live from Brussels

Federica Mognerini Foreign Minister Wang Yi 01 June 2018

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, participates at EU-China High Level Strategic Dialogue Plenary: there will be a roundtable and a joint press conference with Wang Yi, State Councillor and Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs. © European Union , 2018 / Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart.

Earlier this morning the High Representative/Vice-President Ms Federica Mogherini met with Mr Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China during the annual and much anticipated EU-China Strategic Dialogue.

Last year, this high level dialogue meeting took place in Beijing and this year it was naturally Brussels’ turn. The discussions held today in Brussels served as a succinct preparatory preview of the upcoming grand 20th EU-China Summit planned to be held in Beijing this July.

Thus, the two high level diplomats discussed a number of important agenda issues today: the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, the China-EU Connectivity Platform, the Belt and Road Initiative, overall trade, energy cooperation, climate change action, circular economy, ocean governance, visa facilitation, the refugee crisis, cooperation on development and humanitarian assistance, counterterrorism and cybersecurity.

“We are living in times of geopolitical turbulence, and uncertainties, so the cooperation between EU and China becomes even more important” Mogherini opened the common press conference post the China-EU strategic dialogue.

As regards the global trade war that the US officially kicked-off just yesterday, she further “confirmed our joint support for the WTO as the center of the rules-based, multilateral trading system.”

The Chinese Foreign Minister later said on the perilous Trump trade threat:

“We always honor our words, and in that respect we expect our partners to honor their words as well.”

One of the topics the Chinese State Councillor particularly treated was another big US threat, the abolishment of the Iranian nuclear deal. Particularly, China’s Foreign Minister stressed on this important matter for global security:

“The Iranian nuclear deal is of great interest to the international community. I agree with  the EU’s view on the topic. China believes that complying with international agreement is a common sense for international relations. Major countries must particularly set examples in doing this and not the opposite. China’s position is firm and we will be unswerving in holding it. But of course China believes that no agreement is perfect and you cannot solve all issues through one agreement. We believe that the right choice is to continue and abide by the implementation of JCPOA and at the same time through consultation to forge a new platform to discuss new evolutions and uprising concerns.”

On the other hand, Ms Mogherini had to say about the Iran Nuclear deal, which is currently under threat by the Trump Administration:

“Indeed, we are one hundred percent determined to continue cooperation between China and the European Union, but I can add also with Russia as it belongs to the signatory countries, but also with other partners internationally who are committed to preserve the nuclear deal and its full implementation. And we discussed, in particular, the cooperation we have on two things: one and most importantly, the continued implementation of the nuclear-related commitments under the agreement and China’s contribution here is relevant, key, and essential – in particular, the leading role that China has on the Arak project; and, second, our cooperation on the economic aspects of the implementation of the agreement. And here, yes, full coordination between China, the European Union and others in the world to guarantee that Iran can continue benefiting from the economic benefits that came from the agreement and will continue in the weeks to come.”

The EU-China Strategic Dialogue is an initiative taking place at this time of the year in order for the two sides to catch-up on global evolutions and subsequently shape their cutting-edge agenda ahead of the annual China-EU Summit which is to follow just next month, this time in China’s capital.

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