Chinese, Finnish FMs hold phone talks on bilateral ties

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by phone with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto on Tuesday at the latter’s request.

During their phone conversation, Haavisto said that Finnish President Sauli Niinisto attaches great importance to the friendship between Finland and China, and the friendly relations between the two heads of state have given strong impetus to the bilateral cooperation.

The joint economic and trade commission between the two countries has carried out productive work, and the Finnish business community has set up an office in China and is looking forward to expanding its business in China, Haavisto said.

Finland continues to adhere to the one-China policy, stands ready to expand economic and trade cooperation with China, resume more flights and facilitate trade and personnel exchanges between the two countries, he said. he declared.

Noting that China plays an indispensable role in economic recovery, ecological environment protection and other global issues, Haavisto said Finland is willing to expand cooperation with China in areas such as climate change. , green transformation and circular economy.

Finland supports Europe and China in developing a solid relationship and calls for frank dialogue as well as equal and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides, Haavisto said.

He also explained Finland’s application for NATO membership and said that NATO would remain a defensive alliance.

Wang said that under the leadership of the two heads of state, China-Finland relations have maintained good momentum.

The two sides have carried out exchanges on an equal footing and mutually beneficial cooperation, the China-Finland freight rail service, which is part of the China-Europe freight rail service, continues to operate, and the China joint work plan -Finland has made significant progress, he said.

China is ready to work with Finland to implement the plan in a comprehensive and high-quality manner, continue to deepen cooperation in areas such as economy, trade and investment, science and technology innovation. , green development, connectivity and winter sports, and make good use of cooperation mechanisms such as the joint economic and trade commission between the two countries to further release the potential of bilateral cooperation, Xi said. Wang.

China has pledged to put in place targeted prevention and control measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, resume personnel exchanges in an orderly manner, and speed up the resumption of work and production, Ms. .Wang.

He said China is firmly committed to green, low-carbon and sustainable development, will continue to participate in global climate change cooperation in a comprehensive manner, and is ready to strengthen communication and cooperation. coordination with Finland.

Mutual respect and trust are key to the development of China-Finland relations, which are at the forefront of China’s bilateral relations with Europe, especially the Nordic countries, Wang said.

China appreciates Finland’s adherence to the one-China policy, believes that the Finnish side will continue to adopt an objective and cautious attitude on China-related affairs and safeguard the overall interests of bilateral relations, said he declared.

Wang said the establishment and development of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership is the result of the concerted efforts of both sides.

Noting that China and Europe have always been partners, not rivals, Wang said it is in neither China’s nor Europe’s interest to play and even create confrontation. between the two parties.

He said China hopes and believes Finland will continue to play a constructive role in the European Union.

The Chinese and Finnish sides expressed concern over the challenges posed by the fallout from the Ukraine crisis on global food and energy security.

Wang stressed that all parties should work together to deal with global risks caused by the crisis, jointly promote food, energy and financial security, maintain the stability of global industrial and supply chains, and help developing countries. vulnerable to overcome difficulties.

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