This year is a year for Sino-French relations to overcome the challenges of the epidemic and achieve counter-trend development.
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the two peoples have supported each other and watched each other.
Continuously inject new connotations into the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, China and the EU have supported and helped each other.
Show and enrich the connotation of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership
“Independence, mutual understanding, forward-looking, mutual benefit and win-win” is the original intention of China-France to establish diplomatic relations.
It is an important consensus between China and France to adhere to multilateralism, maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core, and maintain the international order based on international law.
Both sides should keep in mind the original intention and adhere to the consensus.
Put the steering wheel of stable Sino-French relationship
Over the past year, experts have commented on it.
Sonia Breslet, a French expert on China
Humanity is at a historic moment, “we need to have strategic dialogue to promote mutual understanding, and Franco-Chinese cooperation needs to take a new level”, and expects that France and China will continue to deepen pragmatic cooperation in many fields.
Leon Laurusa, Vice President of the ESCP Higher Business School and Foreign Dean of the European Business Confucius Institute in Paris, France–
The adherence of the world’s major powers to multilateralism can avoid trade protectionism and help the international community reduce risks and better manage them.
Jean-Pierre Lafarin, former Prime Minister of France and President of the Foundation for Vision and Innovation–
Unilateralism is contrary to improving global governance. Only through multilateral cooperation can global challenges be effectively met. France and China should contribute to the promotion of multilateralism adapted to the development of the world in the 21st century.
Pascal Lamy, President of the Paris Peace Forum
There is a consensus between France and China on global governance. “We believe that the difficulties faced should be solved through international cooperation and multilateralism.” In the face of major global problems, China has set an example in the implementation of Community of Human Destiny.
Under the new situation, the global and strategic nature of China-EU cooperation is more prominent.
The two sides should work together to accelerate the completion of the China-EU investment agreement negotiations and hold the China-EU high-level dialogue on environment and climate and the high-level dialogue in the digital field.
Push China-EU relations to a new level
The future is expected
Gu Xuewu, Director of the Global Research Center of the University of Bonn, Germany
Europe-China cooperation is more than competition, and consensus is more than disagreement. Since the beginning of this year, the two sides have had frequent high-level exchanges.
They have both strived to seek common ground while putting aside differences and pragmatic dialogue from a strategic perspective, which is conducive to promoting the more stable and mature relationship between Europe and China.
Luigi Gambardella, President of the Central European Digital Association –
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Europe, and there are a series of major diplomatic agendas between China and the EU.
Whether it is the high-level communication between the two sides in the form of video, telephone and other forms, or the fruitful anti-epidemic cooperation over time, it fully demonstrates the determination of China and the EU to promote the development of relations.
Woodke, President of the Chinese European Union Chamber of Commerce
Against the backdrop of the current impact on multilateralism and the world full of uncertainty, Europe and China should work together on WTO reform, global anti-epidemic and other issues.
Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union
As the two major forces, two major markets and two civilizations in the world, China and Europe have world significance what they advocate, oppose and cooperate.
China and the EU should work together to safeguard the principles cherished by the vast majority of members of the international community, adhere to multilateralism, oppose unilateralism, and safeguard the international order and system with the United Nations at its core.
( Reporter Ding Qian; Participating reporters: Tang Qian, Xu Yongchun, Ying Qiang, Li Weizhi, Zhang Yuan, Ren Ke, Yu Jiaxin, Warm, Zou Duowei; Editors: Xie Lin, Yang Chaolun, Hou Liping)