On the afternoon of September 9, 2023 local time, Premier Li Qiang of the State Council met with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi.
Li Qiang said that the mainstream of China-Europe relations is cooperation, and the relations are win-win in nature. China and Europe, as two major forces in a multipolar world and two major engines of global development, should come together even closer and step up their cooperation, and offset uncertainties in the international landscape with the stability of China-Europe relations. China stands ready to work with Europe to ensure the success of the China-EU Summit to be held this year, deepen mutual trust and properly handle differences through communication and consultation, and jointly make more positive contribution to the global cause of peace and development.
Li Qiang pointed out that risk prevention and cooperation are not mutually exclusive, and people should not simply equate interdependence with insecurity, nor should they overstretch the concept of security and politicize economic issues. China's development and openness bring opportunities, not risks, to Europe and the world. China stands ready to strengthen communication and cooperation with Europe to enhance the reliability and stability of China-Europe economic and trade relations. Li Qiang expressed the hope that the EU will uphold the principles of market economy and fair competition, keep its trade and investment markets open, and provide a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese enterprises to invest and do business in Europe. China is ready to further deepen the green partnership with Europe, strengthen dialogue and cooperation in such fields as clean energy and green finance, and provide support for developing countries in tackling climate change.
Ursula von der Leyen said that since the beginning of this year, exchanges between Europe and China have been continuously strengthened and yielded positive results. Europe is ready to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with China in various fields to jointly tackle climate change and other global challenges.
Wu Zhenglong, among others, attended the meeting.