China calls for support from Poland, Serbia after EU deal freezes
China and the European Union are partners, not competitors, and cooperation will help both sides, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Polish counterpart as the Asian nation sought support after the suspension of an investment agreement with the bloc.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said his country believes a China-EU investment deal is beneficial to both sides, and that the two should properly settle the disagreements, according to a Chinese government. declaration the Saturday.
Rau and the foreign ministers of Serbia, Hungary and Ireland are visiting China from May 29 to 31 at Wang’s invitation. Rau and Serbian Nikola Selakovic met him on Saturday in southwest China’s Guiyang town in separate meetings.
EU lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a resolution this month to suspend ratification of an investment deal with China in response to sanctions against members of the bloc. China retaliated against the US, UK and EU over sanctions related to alleged human rights violations in the western Xinjiang region.
The investment pact had been seen as proof of both Europe’s independence from the United States and China’s ability to work with American allies who took a more moderate approach. . Attitudes in several European capitals have become less favorable towards China since the coronavirus outbreak fueled a series of diplomatic disputes.
Much of the global criticism of China has focused on its treatment of Muslim Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. China has waged a vigorous international campaign against these allegations, saying it is trying to fight terrorism and improve the livelihoods of minorities.
Poland understands and respects China’s legitimate rights and interests and wishes to make active efforts for the healthy development of EU-China relations, Rau said in the Chinese government statement. Poland also welcomes Chinese investments and will not adopt discriminatory measures against its companies, Rau said, adding that the country was also willing to expand its agricultural exports to China.
During the meeting with Selakovic, Wang mentionned China is supporting plans by its Covid-19 vaccine makers to discuss joint production in the European nation with Serbia. The two sides agreed to accelerate cooperation on infrastructure and energy, including a involving the Serbian section of the Budapest-Belgrade railway. The railway project is financed mainly by loans from China.
China’s cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe is economy and trade-oriented and will help to balance the development of Europe, Wang mentionned.
– With the help of John Liu and Li Liu