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Ambassador Zhang Ming Pays a Courtesy Call to High Representative Federica Mogherini

On 7 December 2017, Ambassador Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, paid a courtesy call to Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission.

HRVP Mogherini welcomed Ambassador Zhang to take the new role, and said that China is a special partner of the EU. The EU and China keep close exchanges at all levels and in different areas, and EU-China relations enjoy broad prospects. The EU will work with China to further deepen and expand cooperation, including foreign affairs and security cooperation. The EU and China need to enhance exchanges and cooperation under the multilateral system, especially at the United Nations, in a joint effort to address global challenges and regional hotspot issues.

Ambassador Zhang briefed HRVP Mogherini on the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, stressing its importance to China, Europe and the rest of the world. The Congress made a crucial conclusion that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and made strategic plans for China’s development in the next 30 years and more. The Congress set out the overarching goals of China’s diplomacy in the new era: first, to build a new type of international relations; second, to build a community with a shared future for mankind. This means that China will remain a reliable, trustworthy and predictable partner of the EU and the rest of the international community in the long run.

Ambassador Zhang said that China assigns great importance to Europe and its relations with the EU, and hopes to see a stable, united and prosperous EU. China and the EU need to view their relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, continue to advance the mutually beneficial cooperation, and give a further boost to cooperation through the China-EU Tourism Year. China and the EU have same or similar views on a number of international and regional issues. It is important for us to further step up coordination and communication to make greater contribution to world peace and stability.

HRVP Mogherini said that she has closely followed the 19th Congress and welcomes its positive signal. In this time of uncertainties, a reliable and predictable partnership between the EU and China is of critical importance.

The two sides also briefly discussed international and regional hotspot issues of mutual interest.

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