|Wang Yi: China Is Willing to Strengthen Cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the Basis of Equality and Mutual Respect|
On February 14, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request with Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Munich.
Jens Stoltenberg first expressed sympathies to the Chinese side on the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic. Jens Stoltenberg said, the Chinese government and people have made great efforts to fight the epidemic, and believed that the Chinese side will certainly defeat the epidemic at an early date. In the past few decades, China has achieved rapid development, bringing tremendous benefits to the world, and China's importance on the international stage has also continued to rise. Despite China's rapid rise, NATO does not see China as an adversary, but is willing to strengthen its relations with the Chinese side. NATO has always advocated that all countries should abide by and maintain the rule-based international order, and is willing to strengthen dialogue with China in this regard, and also stands ready to cooperate with the Chinese side on issues such as Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iraq, and arms control. It is believed that NATO will benefit a lot from its cooperation with China to make joint contributions to maintaining world peace and security.
Wang Yi briefed on the latest development of China's fight against the epidemic. Wang Yi said, you have made it clear that NATO does not regard China as an adversary, and you also positively evaluate China's great development achievements. The Chinese side highly appreciates such gesture. China is a nation that advocates peace in its cultural genes. At present, China is following a path different from previous major countries, that is, insisting on its own peaceful development and adhering to win-win cooperation with the world. China has always pursued a defensive national defense strategy, and its per capita defense expenditure is far lower than that of other major powers. In response to the new international security situation, China has also proposed a new concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. These are all positive contributions to world peace. We will continue to resolutely follow the correct path of peace and cooperation. China and NATO members do not have geopolitical conflicts and competition. Although there are differences between the two sides on some issues, this should not be an obstacle to exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. It is hoped that NATO will continue to have a correct view on China and treat China as a friend and partner. The Chinese side is willing to continuously strengthen dialogue and cooperation with NATO on the basis of equality and mutual respect.