Xi Jinping: China and the EU Should Add Stabilizing Factors to a Turbulent World

President Xi Jinping delivers a special address in Beijing to the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session, on Jan 17, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping is meeting via video link with President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission in Beijing on the evening of 1 April.

President Xi recalled his visit to the EU headquarters eight years ago when he suggested that China and Europe work together to build a bridge of friendship and cooperation across the Eurasian continent, foster a China-EU partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilization, and forge a China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership of greater global influence. China’s vision remains unchanged. If anything, it has become more relevant under the current circumstances.

President Xi pointed out that the Ukraine crisis has come on top of a protracted COVID-19 pandemic and a faltering global recovery.Against such a backdrop, China and the EU, as two major forces, big markets and greatcivilizations, should increase communication on their relations and on major issues concerning global peace and development, and play a constructive role in adding stabilizing factors toa turbulent world.

President Xi stressed that, since last year, ChinaEU relations have made new progressdespite challenges, and China-EU cooperation has achieved new results despite difficulties. It has been proven that China and the EU share extensive common interests and a solidfoundation for cooperation, and that only through cooperation and coordination can the two sides resolve problems and rise to challenges. Noting the consistency and continuity of Chinas EU policy, President Xi called on the EU to form its own perception of China, adopt an independent China policy, and work with China for the steady and sustainedgrowth of China-EU relations.