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Wang Yi: Both China and the Netherlands Should Strive to Achieve "Four Supports" and "Four Objections"


On June 19, 2019, when jointly meeting the press in Beijing with Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok of the Netherlands, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that I discussed the current changes rarely seen in a century with Minister of Foreign Affairs. Facing the headwinds of unilateralism and protectionism, we hoped both sides will respond to the calls of history, shoulder due responsibilities and strive to achieve "four supports" and "four objections".

First, support multilateralism and oppose unilateralism. As the proper meaning for the democratization of international relations, multilateralism is the requirement in the 21st century for dealing with global challenges. We both believe that unilateralism poses a practical challenge to the current international order and global economy. It goes against the historic trend, fairness and justice. The international community should therefore join hands to safeguard the international system with the United Nations (UN) at the core as well as the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the core.

Second, support opening up and connectivity and oppose isolation. China thrives on reform and opening up while the Netherlands is underpinned by free trade. Building an open world economy is our common goal and strengthening connectivity is our shared aspiration. Marching toward the goal of high-quality development of the cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative, we are ready to promote the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with the Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia of the European Union (EU), enhance the connectivity of the departments of the two countries in such areas as aviation, port, logistic and customs, as well as carry out third-party market cooperation in Africa, Asia and other regions to realize multi-win results.

Third, support coordination and innovation and oppose monopoly. The human society cannot develop without innovation while innovation cannot be realized without cooperation and exchanges. One cannot make progress through monopoly or hold the lead by bringing down competitors. As major innovation countries, China and the Netherlands can align scientific and technological resources, share the opportunities of the market, protect intellectual property, enhance innovation capability and move forward hand-in-hand in the revolution of new technology.

Fourth, support mutual learning among civilizations and oppose clash of civilizations. Both China and the Netherlands have a long history and splendid culture, and support and practice exchanges among civilizations. We will continue to encourage and propel people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries in various fields including education, culture and tourism, and jointly support efforts in elevating the facilitation of personnel exchanges between China and the EU, in a bid to make greater contributions to advancing the mutual learning among different civilizations.

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