At a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, the head of China’s delegation conveyed these ideas to European Council President Charles Michel.
“There is no geopolitical conflict between China and Europe, less of all a pivotal conflict of interests,” the PM pointed out.
Li Qiang added that Beijing is willing to work with Europe “to boost the steady and stable development of bilateral relations.”
China’s progress is an opportunity, not a risk, both now and in the future, China is and will be a friend and reliable partner for Europe, he noted.
Michel, in turn, commented that China’s prosperity benefits everyone and “the European Union has no intention of holding back the country’s development.”
The European Council’s leader reiterated the bloc’s adherence to the One China principle, which is at the heart of maintaining good relations with Beijing.
China recently advocated increasing institutional dialogues with the European Union to find synergies between the two sides’ development plans in order to bolster the comprehensive strategic partnership.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi outlined these ideas to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on a recent telephone conversation.