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Chinese President Welcomes European Council President and European Commission President at the 24th China-EU Summit

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen who were in China for the 24th China-EU Summit at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

President Xi welcomed President Michel and President von der Leyen to China for the 24th China-EU Summit. He noted that since the end of last year, the two presidents have each made a visit to China, and the China-EU high-level dialogues in the strategic, economic and trade, green, and digital fields have produced rich outcomes. The China-EU relationship enjoys a good momentum of consolidation and growth. This serves the interests of both sides and meets the expectations of our peoples. The two sides should work together to sustain the momentum of growth in China-EU relations.

President Xi noted that transformations of a scale unseen in a century are unfolding in the world. China and Europe are two major forces advancing multipolarity, two major markets in support of globalization, and two major civilizations championing diversity. The relationship between China and Europe is essential to global peace, stability and prosperity. It is incumbent on both sides to provide greater stability for the world, stronger impetus for development, and more inspiration and support for global governance.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. At this new starting point of China-EU relations, we need to take stock of history, navigate the trend of the world, act with wisdom and a sense of responsibility, and uphold the apt description of our relationship as a comprehensive strategic partnership. China and the EU should be partners for mutually beneficial cooperation. We should continually strengthen two-way political trust, build strategic consensus, and cement the bonds of shared interest. We should steer clear of various kinds of interference and step up dialogue and cooperation for the good of our people. We should join hands to tackle global challenges and promote stability and prosperity around the world.

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