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Wang Yi Meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
2022-09-23 20:10

On September 22, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi expressed, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China stays open-minded to dialogues and exchanges with NATO and is willing to jointly promote the sound and steady development of bilateral relations. The two sides should strengthen communications and understanding and avoid misunderstanding and disinformation in the spirit of honesty and mutual respect.

Stoltenberg said that China, an important global force, has a growing economy and an ever-larger influence. NATO does not see China as a rival. It values maintaining and strengthening contacts with China and holds a positive attitude towards developing its relations with China. NATO will stick to the established geographical scope, and hopes to explore cooperation with China in various fields including arms control and climate change to better tackle global challenges. NATO and its member countries pursue the one-China policy and its stance on the Taiwan question has not changed. NATO expects China to play an important role in ending the conflict in Europe.

Wang Yi expressed the hope that NATO could understand the current international situation in an objective and calm manner, not simply drawing a line based on "political correctness". In terms of peace and security, China has the best record among major countries. Expansion is not in the genes of China. We have never invaded other countries or conducted a proxy war. China has no interest in seeking spheres of influence, exporting its ideology, interfering in other countries' internal affairs or participating in military blocs. China has written the path of peaceful development into its law and hopes NATO could see China in a reasonable and correct way. China is willing to promote necessary cooperation with NATO on global issues and contribute to peace and stability.

Wang Yi also elaborated on China's consistent position and constructive role in promoting peace talks on the Ukraine issue, saying that the two sides should explore the establishment of a balanced, effective and sustainable Europe security framework to ensure long-term stability in Europe.

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