Head of State Diplomacy: Focusing on the Long Term and Jointly Promoting the Stability and Progress of China France Europe Relations
In early April, Beijing was full of flowers and spring.
The world today is undergoing profound historical changes. Face-to-face exchanges between leaders of China, France, and China Europe are not only conducive to enhancing political mutual trust and strengthening dialogue and cooperation, but also to jointly maintaining world peace and stability, promoting common development and prosperity, and jointly addressing global challenges.
Protecting the Stability of China France Europe Relations
Adhering to this spirit, China France relations have always been at the forefront of China’s relations with major Western powers.
Looking around the world, the world is not peaceful. Human beings have just come out of the haze of the COVID-19 epidemic, but they are facing unprecedented multiple crises and challenges. The economic recovery is struggling, the development gap is widening, hot issues are emerging one after another, geopolitical conflicts are intensifying, and the global development process is also experiencing serious setbacks.
Practice true multilateralism and maintain world peace, stability, and prosperity.
He said that although the development models of France and China are different, both sides respect each other, have candid exchanges, and have achieved mutual benefit through cooperation in various fields. At the same time, significant progress has been made in cooperation to address the global challenges facing the world today.
China’s policy towards Europe will maintain long-term stability, always considering Europe as an independent pole in a multipolar world, and insisting that China Europe relations are not targeted, dependent, or subject to third parties.
China and Europe share broad common interests, with cooperation surpassing competition and consensus surpassing differences. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the European Union. Faced with the complex and ever-changing international situation, China is willing to work with the European side to grasp the overall direction and main tone of the development of China Europe relations, comprehensively restart exchanges at all levels, activate mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and inject new impetus into the development of China Europe relations and world peace, stability, and prosperity.
Several experts and scholars from European countries recently interviewed by Xinhua News Agency, expressing their expectations and confidence in the continuous deepening and development of China Europe relations. French international expert Bruno Gigg said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that good Sino European relations are of great significance for maintaining world peace and stability. “Only by placing greater emphasis on strategic autonomy can Europe establish a frank communication and mutually beneficial relationship with China. Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy, said that EU China cooperation can play a constructive role in global development and governance, and looked forward to resuming cooperation and dialogue at all levels interrupted by the epidemic with China.
Dialogue and cooperation go both ways
Open the list of accompanying executives of Maclon’s visit to China, and a number of large French enterprises, such as EDF, Airbus, Alstom, Veolia, are among them. During this visit, the heads of state of China and France jointly witnessed the signing of multiple bilateral cooperation documents in fields such as agriculture, food, technology, aviation, civil nuclear energy, sustainable development, culture, etc., once again demonstrating the abundant vitality and vast space of China and France in deepening mutually beneficial cooperation. The economic and trade cooperation between China and France not only promotes the economic development of the two countries and enhances people’s well-being, but also enhances confidence and stabilizes expectations for world economic recovery.
Welcome the French side to continue actively participating in the Guangzhou Trade Fair, Shanghai Import Expo, and China International Service Trade Fair to further expand the Chinese market.
During this visit, the two countries reached a series of consensus on deepening cooperation in various fields: the two sides will jointly celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France in 2024 and jointly hold the Sino French Cultural Tourism Year; France will serve as the guest of honor for the 2024 China International Service Trade Fair and the 7th China International Import Expo; The two countries will establish a full chain rapid coordination mechanism from French farms to Chinese dining tables, so that the Chinese people can enjoy the “France on the tip of their tongue” without going abroad; The two sides will also deepen traditional cooperation in aerospace, civil nuclear energy and other fields, and foster new cooperation growth points such as green development and scientific and technological innovation, including the cooperation in the construction of the second assembly line of A320 series aircraft in Tianjin, the joint construction of the China France carbon neutrality Center, and the establishment of the China France scientific research partner exchange plan.
In the past year, against the backdrop of slow global economic recovery, bilateral economic and trade investment cooperation between China and the EU has maintained a good momentum. In 2022, the total bilateral trade in goods between China and the EU reached 847.3 billion US dollars, an increase of 2.4% year-on-year. China and the EU are important trading partners for each other.
As an important achievement of China Europe cooperation, the China Europe Express has reached over 20 countries in Europe, becoming a “stabilizer” and “accelerator” for smooth trade between China and Europe. Throughout 2022, China Europe Express operated 16000 trains and sent 1.6 million TEUs of goods, with year-on-year growth of 9% and 10% respectively. The “steel camel caravan” provides strong support for ensuring the stability and smooth flow of the international supply chain industry chain.
Recently, multiple European leaders have visited China one after another. At the end of March, Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez visited Beijing after attending the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference. Sino Western relations started a new journey at a new starting point on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Dozens of European business leaders attended this year’s China High Level Development Forum, expressing their confidence and expectations for investing and developing in China. The exchanges between China and Europe in various fields have rapidly resumed and are fully unfolding. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said on the 6th, “Almost every week now, China and European countries hold political consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing to prepare for the next stage of frequent high-level interaction between China and Europe
The recent hot exchanges between China and Europe fully demonstrate that although there are some differences between the two sides, there is a strong desire for communication and exchange, as well as a broad and profound common interest. In recent years, European companies have chosen to vote with their feet, continuously increasing their investment in the Chinese market and achieving mutual success with Chinese companies. The President of the EU China Trade Association, Hakma, stated that the EU China Trade Association and its member companies have always attached great importance to the Chinese market and are willing to continue to strengthen practical cooperation between the two sides to promote the development of China Europe relations with effective cooperation results.
Von der Leyen said that Europe and China are important trading partners of each other and highly linked economically. “Decoupling” with China is not in the interests of the EU and is not a strategic choice of the EU. The EU independently decides its policy towards China. Makron stated that both sides should work together to avoid falling into the trap of “decoupling and chain breaking”, engage in equal and mutually beneficial cooperation, jointly address urgent global challenges such as climate change, and continuously deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between Europe and China.
Bruno Gigg believes that the interdependence between China and the EU has established a relationship of prosperity and loss for all. If Europe wants to achieve a win-win situation with China, it must break away from short-sighted political strategies and zero sum thinking. China and Europe can fully cooperate in areas where each has its own strengths and can achieve mutual success. Bernard Farge, President of the French Wine Industry Association, said, “We urgently hope to restore past business, tourism, technology, economic and other exchanges. Without a doubt, we urgently need to restore exchanges and friendship between the two countries
Jointly calling for a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine
China’s policy on the Ukrainian issue can be summarized in one sentence, which is to promote peace and promote negotiations. China urges all parties to remain calm and rational, and work together to create conditions for peace talks.
The situation in Ukraine is related to European security and global stability. The crisis has escalated for over a year, and China has always upheld an objective and fair stance, actively promoting peace and negotiations, and promoting the formation of joint efforts by the international community to play a constructive role in the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. In February of this year, China released the document “China’s Position on Political Resolution of the Ukrainian Crisis”, proposing a comprehensive, comprehensive, and feasible solution to the crisis, which has been widely recognized by the international community, including the parties involved. In the same month, China released the “Global Security Initiative Concept Paper”, which provides a more systematic approach and feasible measures to solve global security challenges.