China seeks to enhance parliamentary exchanges with EU

Brussels, April 1: China is willing to enhance parliamentary and party-to-party exchanges with the European Union (EU), President Xi Jinping said here Monday.

Xi made the remarks while meeting President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz during a visit to the EU headquarters based in the Belgian capital, Xinhua reported.

China attaches great importance to the status and role of the European Parliament, Xi said, expressing the hope that the European Parliament could see China in a more positive and objective way, comprehensively and deeply participate in China-EU cooperation and play a positive role in promoting bilateral ties.

Noting that mutual trust is the fundamental pre-condition for the China-EU relations, Xi said despite their choices of different paths of development, the two sides share the common goal of pursuing lasting peace and prosperity.

China’s policy on Europe is consistent, Xi said, adding that China firmly supports Europe’s integration and hopes the EU can better appreciate and offer more support to China’s peaceful development, and trust China’s strategic choices.

Xi expressed the hope that China and the EU could be good and sincere friends that enjoy mutual trust and seek common development in a multi-polar world.

IANS