Wang Yi holds virtual meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets at Request_Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America

On January 17, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a virtual meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets at the latter’s request.

Wang Yi said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Estonia more than 30 years ago, bilateral relations have developed in a balanced and healthy way, bringing benefits to both peoples. Faced with the challenges of the pandemic, the two countries have rooted and united in the fight against the pandemic, adding new dimensions to the China-Estonia friendship. Last year, the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries overcame the impact of the pandemic and made new progress, showing solid vitality.

According to Wang Yi, the experience of China-Estonia exchanges fully shows that as long as the two countries respect and treat each other as equals, the two sides can achieve win-win results. Looking forward to another 30 years of bilateral relations, both sides should continue to attach importance to each other’s legitimate concerns regarding their core interests, respect non-interference in internal affairs, which is a norm governing international relations, and preserve the political foundation of bilateral relations. China is willing to strengthen communication with Estonia to promote the steady and long-term development of bilateral relations. The two sides should expand their cooperation in areas such as agricultural food products, e-commerce and digital economy. China will stick to the opening-up policy, welcome Estonian enterprises’ investment in China, and share China’s development opportunities. China also hopes Estonia will provide a non-discriminatory business environment with fair conditions for Chinese companies.

Liimets said Estonia attaches great importance to Estonia-China relations and positively assesses the stable development of bilateral relations. The Estonian side will continue to firmly pursue the one-China principle and is willing to enhance mutual trust and jointly promote stronger development of bilateral relations. Estonia appreciates the fruitful and effective cooperation between the two parties when Estonia served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the first time, and stands ready to continue to maintain close communication and coordination with China to make joint contributions to world peace and development. The Estonian side supports China in successfully hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics, participates in the co-sponsorship of the Olympic truce resolution, and believes that the Winter Olympics will be a complete success.

Wang Yi stressed that China always maintains that all countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community. No country is superior to another, and countries should respect and treat each other as equals. China always advocates multilateralism, opposes unilateral acts and supports efforts to promote greater democracy in international relations. International affairs should be handled by all the countries of the world in joint consultation, not dictated by one or two countries, let alone a return to the law of the jungle. China is always committed to upholding the central role of the United Nations, upholding the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, safeguarding basic norms governing international relations such as defending and respecting national sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and the settlement of conflicts through dialogue. We are ready to work with Estonia to inject more stabilizing factors into an international environment full of uncertainty and instability.

The two sides exchanged views on China-EU relations. Wang Yi said China and the EU are partners rather than rivals. The different systems between the two sides stem from the respective historical and cultural traditions and the choices made by the people. Systemic differences do not mean confrontation, and both sides can learn from each other and improve together based on mutual respect. China always supports the EU’s development and growth, European integration, the EU’s increased role on the international stage and its enhanced strategic autonomy. Liimets said Estonia supports EU-China friendship and cooperation, and believes that good EU-China relations are also conducive to promoting bilateral relations between EU member states and China.

The two sides agreed to continue to maintain communication, hold diplomatic and political consultations between the two countries at the appropriate time and expedite the process of signing the protocol on the export of Estonian dairy products and wild aquatic products to China.

The two sides also exchanged views on green and digital cooperation, and agreed to strengthen international cooperation to jointly address global challenges such as climate change, and remain committed to building a secure, open and cooperative cyberspace.