Xi calls for expanding consensus, cooperation with Europe in virtual summit with French, German leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday held a virtual summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling on China and Europe to expand consensus and cooperation for the two sides to play an important role in properly responding to global challenges.

Noting the severe situation of COVID-19 globally and the uncertain prospect of economic recovery, Xi said the world more than ever needs mutual respect and close collaboration, rather than suspicion, antagonism or zero-sum game.

He urged the two sides to uphold correct mutual cognition. Over the past 100 years, the Communist Party of China led the Chinese people in opening up a development path suited to national realities that has won universal support of the Chinese people, Xi said, adding China has been committed to the common values of humanity including peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom.

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