China stands ready to discuss policy interlinks with Italy, further tap cooperation potential on major projects in order to make mutual benefit and win-win cooperation a shining example for Sino-Italy relations, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Wang made the remarks while holding a video conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on July 29, exchanging views on several issues of common interest.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, July 29, 2020. /Chinese Foreign Ministry
On bilateral cooperation
During the meeting, Wang underscored need to unlock cooperation potential in the fields of digitization, information communication, infrastructure, port construction and third-party markets between the two countries for win-win outcomes.
China is willing to work with the rest of the world including Italy to jointly build the Silk Road of Health, a global community of health for all, Wang told Di Maio.
In return, Di Maio said Italy will actively participate in the Silk Road of Health as Italy was among the first countries to sign Belt and Road cooperation documents with China.
On China-EU ties
While holding talks on China-EU relations, Wang pointed out that China and the EU must remain each other's cooperative partners and not become systemic rivals.
We hope the EU side could stand an objective and fair position while handling relations with China, staying alert to certain countries' move to instigate renewed ideological confrontation just for its own profits, Wang continued.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a video conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, July 29, 2020. /Chinese Foreign Ministry
The two ministers also exchanged views on fighting against COVID-19.
Noted cooperation is the most powerful weapon in the war against the pandemic, Wang called on both sides to seize opportunities created by anti-virus cooperation, so as to adopt our cooperation in the next stage.
For his part, Di Maio appreciated the medical sources and experts China sent to Italy to combat the pandemic, hailing China's efforts to support world development in the future.
We couldn't win the victory of the global fight against COVID-19 without the support from China, he underlined.