China-EU leaders' meeting sends positive energy for world peace: China's vice FM
The virtual meeting between Chinese and EU leaders sends positive energy for the world peace and development, said Deng Li, China's vice minister of foreign affairs, on Friday.
His remarks came after the meeting via video link of Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
"It is a very positive signal," he said, referring to the "in-depth and candid communication" of Chinese and EU leaders during the meeting in Beijing on the evening of April 1.
"During the leaders' meeting, China gave its suggestions and plans on developing China-EU relations. We should safeguard world peace, promote common development and push forward human civilization together," Deng Li said.
Noting that the leaders also touched on the Russia-Ukraine conflict during the meeting, he stressed that peace talks are the only way to avoid further escalation of the situation.
All parties in the international community should create conditions and space for peace talks. Instead of fueling the fire, they should put out the fire, he said.
During the China-EU leaders' meeting, Xi underlined that China always stands on the side of peace and draws its conclusion independently based on the merits of each matter when reiterating China's stance on the issue.
"China and the EU have had an in-depth communication and reached some consensus. Both sides agreed to continue to strengthen coordination and make joint efforts for peace," Deng said.
(Cover: Deng Li, China's vice minister of foreign affairs, takes an interview with a CMG reporter in Beijing, capital of China, April 1, 2022. /CMG)