torsdag 11. mars 2021

China will live up to its word on EU investment treaty: foreign minister

China is committed to living up to promises it made in the landmark investment treaty with the
European Union, including over human rights issues, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday, as he also urged Brussels to walk its own way on foreign affairs.

At a press conference on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress, Wang played up the prospects of cooperating with Brussels, saying both sides should work together to tackle global challenges. He pledged Beijing’s support for the EU – which is seeking more strategic autonomy – to have a bigger global influence, “China and the EU are two important powers in a multipolar world. Bilateral relations are equal and open, they do not target a third party, nor are they subject to a third party. Therefore, the question of China hoping to divide US-European relations does not exist,” he said.

“Meanwhile, China is willing to see the EU strengthen its strategic autonomy, uphold multilateralism and devote to major power coordination and cooperation."