The China-EU Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) is a best option that is beneficial for both sides, thus the two should strive to properly handle differences, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau said in his talks with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Guiyang, capital city of Southwest China’s Guizhou Province on Saturday.
Rau said that development in all countries requires a peaceful and stable external environment, and dialogue and communication should be used in state-to-state exchanges to reduce friction and expand consensus and cooperation, according to the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
China and Europe should calm down and properly handle their differences, Rau said.
The European Parliament voted through a motion in May to freeze the CAI, putting the brakes on ratifying the massive deal that is envisioned to assist the 27-nation bloc’s economic recovery amid lingering COVID-19 woes.
Poland understands and respects China’s legitimate rights and interests, and is willing to make active efforts for the healthy development of China-Europe relations and China- Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation, Rau said.
Wang said that China is the first Asian country that Rau visited since assuming office. Rau was the first foreign minister of an EU country that he has received this year, fully demonstrating the importance of China-Poland relations in the two countries’ foreign relations.
“China is a great civilization with a long history and is able to use its wisdom accumulated over thousands of years to solve various challenges in modern society as proven by its effective response to COVID-19,” Rau said.
Wang also said that as two major forces and civilizations in the world, China and Europe are cooperative partners, not competitors. China and Europe should enhance understanding via constructive dialogue, distinguish right from wrong, and remove interference and obstacles to promoting cooperation on the basis of mutual respect.
Wang said as an important part of China-EU relations, China-CEEC cooperation should be further expanded.