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Experts say China-EU relations face significant development opportunities in post-pandemic era
  ·  2020-09-14  ·   Source: Xinhua News Agency

太阳集团所有网址China and the European Union (EU), as the world's two major forces, markets and civilizations, are facing important opportunities to develop bilateral relations, several Chinese experts on international relations said.

Their remarks were made ahead of the China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting via video link scheduled for September 13.

The upcoming leaders' meeting is an important move to promote China-EU relations and cooperation, said Shi Mingde, former Chinese Ambassador to Germany and Chairman of the China-Germany Friendship Association.

Covering a series of important topics, the meeting will inject confidence and momentum into global economic development in the post-pandemic era, said Shi.

It will also send a positive signal that China and the EU are committed to strengthening communication and cooperation, jointly safeguarding multilateralism and free trade, and maintaining world peace, stability and prosperity, Shi said.

太阳集团所有网址China-EU relations are facing important opportunities, said Shi, hoping that Germany, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, will play an active role in promoting China-EU relations.

Noting China and the EU have worked together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Shi said that the two sides stand ready to strengthen their cooperation within international organizations such as the World Health Organization, and oppose unilateralism as well as the idea of "decoupling."

China-EU cooperation has expanded to new areas with new highlights, Shi said, adding that as two major forces, markets and civilizations of the world, what China and the EU advocate and oppose has global significance.

As an important economy and the largest single market in the world, the EU has been China's largest trading partner for a long time, said Feng Zhongping, Vice President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR).

Cooperation is the mainstream of China-EU relations, and economic and trade interests are the most important common interests in their relations, Feng said.

There is also scope for cooperation in global governance, climate change as well as international and regional issues, Feng said, adding that China and the EU are keen to reach a high-level and high-quality investment agreement, which will help resolve some outstanding issues in bilateral economic relations.

Chen Fengying, former director of the world economy department at the CICIR, stressed that peaceful development is still the theme of the times.

太阳集团所有网址In the post-pandemic era, China and the EU are two major driving forces for peaceful development, Chen said, emphasizing that as multilateralism is challenged and global trade and investment are hindered, China and the EU need to cooperate in mechanism building as well as rules and technological innovation, so as to tackle diverse challenges in the post-pandemic era.

太阳集团所有网址Under the dramatically changing international circumstances, cooperation between the two major forces will help stabilize the world, said Cui Hongjian, Director of the Department for European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies.

太阳集团所有网址Noting that since the outbreak of the pandemic, ideas of "decoupling" and de-globalization have been on the rise, Cui said economic and trade cooperation between China and the EU is of great significance to world economic recovery.

Mutual understanding as well as exchanges and dialogue between the two great civilizations will benefit their cooperation and development in the long run, Cui added.

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