What Will Be on FM Wang Yi’s Agenda during His Visit to The EU?
In his first visit to Europe after the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese FM Wang Yi will visit Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany. To learn more about the foreign ministers ongoing tour in Europe, Germany and France, Shane Bigham invited Adjunct Professor Ivo Ganchev (Beijing Union University) to join him on The Beijing Hour. You can listen to the full episode of the show from Sep 14, 2020 on the China Plus website and to the interview excerpt from the Listen section of this website. A full transcript of the excerpt is also available below.
Shane Bigham: What do you think will top the agenda for the Chinese foreign ministers Europe tour which happens to be his first overseas trip since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Ivo Ganchev: There is a wide number of topics that will most likely come up. First of all, COVID-19, we just had a small resurgence of the pandemic in Europe and China was one of the first states to provide assistance and expertise at the beginning of the outbreak in Europe, the European states reciprocated so I’m sure this topic will come up and we’ll hopefully see more cooperation in terms of dealing with what remains of the pandemic and sort of in relation to this, there will be talked on restarting the post-COVID economy on both sides, one crucial thing to do at this particular moment is the stabilizing global industrial and supply chains, which have been somewhat disrupted in the past few months and there are also a number of areas of shared interest, including promoting on a greener global economy as well as multilateralism so it’s likely that we’ll see some progress in these aspects, and in terms of bilateral talks, we know that there are ongoing negotiations on a china EU investment agreements. In September next month there will be a video summit, including high level dialogue, so I’d expect this to be mentioned as well as though it’s a good opportunity to communicate and to address any potential concerns or questions and hopefully make substantial progress next month.
Shane Bigham: That was adjunct professor evil Ganchev with Beijing Union University talking about China EU cooperation.