Con­nec­tiv­ity should be im­proved

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

Feng Zhong­ping, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions

Given the in­creas­ing com­pli­ca­tions in in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tions, this Asia-Europe Meet­ing is quite sig­nif­i­cant as it will not only strengthen trans-re­gional co­op­er­a­tion but also con­tribute much to global sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity in the long term.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, the sum­mit can pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in mul­ti­ple fields, par­tic­u­larly the in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes. As High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Euro­pean Union’s For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy Fed­er­ica Mogherini said, con­nec­tiv­ity is the way to the fu­ture and stronger con­nec­tiv­ity brings more op­por­tu­ni­ties. This meet­ing pro­vides an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for Asian and Euro­pean coun­tries to join hands to im­prove the con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween these two con­ti­nents and cre­ate more devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Be­sides the meet­ing is ex­pected to in­tro­duce new mea­sures to in­crease peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes. Cul­tural ex­changes have al­ways been a pil­lar of the 24-year-old mech­a­nism.

Mean­while it is also im­por­tant for China and Europe to en­hance col­lab­o­ra­tion based on the ASEM plat­form. In gen­eral, China and Europe could seek closer ties in the fol­low­ing as­pects. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy adopted a Joint Com­mu­ni­ca­tion on Sept 19 that sets out the EU’s vi­sion for a new and com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy to bet­ter con­nect Europe and Asia, this is viewed by some as the Euro­pean ver­sion of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. The two par­ties should work to­gether with the com­mon goal to im­prove Asian-Euro­pean con­nec­tiv­ity.

Sec­ond, they should strengthen

And with the back­ground of ris­ing pop­ulism in Europe and the pro­tec­tion­ism of the United States, the op­por­tu­ni­ties for China and Europe to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion count much more than the chal­lenges.

col­lab­o­ra­tion in global gov­er­nance and con­front var­i­ous global is­sues in­clud­ing cli­mate change and re­gional se­cu­rity as the two share com­mon in­ter­ests and ap­peals on many fronts. Most im­por­tant, a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for two-way in­vest­ment and trade should be es­tab­lished to build closer ties.

All in all, China and Europe don’t have many fun­da­men­tal dis­agreep­romi­nence

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