China is willing to work resolutely with Belgium to maintain an open rather than divided, orderly rather than chaotic international trade environment, a senior Chinese diplomat in Munich, Germany said on Saturday.
Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during his meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on the sidelines of the 59th Munich Conference on security.
Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said relations between the two countries have maintained good momentum of development. The volume of their trade has reached a record high, and further progress has been made in terms of mutually beneficial cooperation; This situation serves the interests of the two countries, and is a positive factor for the development of Sino-European relations, he said.
After successfully handling the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s economy has recovered vigorously, which will provide new opportunities for China-Belgium cooperation, Wang noted.
He said China appreciates the Belgian prime minister’s plea for openness and cooperation. By speaking out against the idea of decoupling, he made a rational and responsible voice heard in Europe, he argued.
Noting that Belgium was one of the founding members of the European Union (EU), Wang hoped it would continue to play a constructive role in developing China-EU relations.
Stressing that the Taiwan issue touches on China’s core interests, he said the Chinese side appreciates the fact that the Belgian government has always upheld the one-China principle, and hopes Belgium will deal with Taiwan-related issues. appropriately.
For his part, De Croo said the two countries have frequent exchanges and close communication. The Belgian side attaches great importance to its relations with China, and will continue to adhere to the one-China principle, he stressed.
He hoped the two countries would continue to strengthen cooperation in areas such as economy, trade, civil aviation and new energy.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukrainian issue.
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