Chinese FM calls on China, Netherlands to set example for free trade, mutual openness, fair competition

News | 2020-08-27

Without multilateralism, the world would be dragged back to “the law of the jungle,” which is to reverse the course of history, Wang said.

THE HAGUE, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — China and The Netherlands should jointly uphold multilateralism and set an example for safeguarding free trade, ensuring mutual openness, and advocating fair competition, visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Wednesday.

He made the remarks while meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok on the second leg of his European tour.

Noting that multilateralism is facing challenges, Wang said that upholding multilateralism is the universal rule of the international community and a necessity for most countries, especially small and medium-sized countries, to survive and develop.

Without multilateralism, the world would be dragged back to “the law of the jungle,” which is to reverse the course of history, he added.

Tulips introduced from Keukenhof Garden of the Netherlands are seen at a garden in Nansha free trade zone in south China’s Guangdong Province, Jan. 22, 2019. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

China, he said, firmly supports multilateralism and stands ready to work with all countries including The Netherlands to practice multilateralism and safeguard it with concrete actions.

Meanwhile, Wang called on China and The Netherlands to set an example for safeguarding free trade.

Globalization represents an inevitable trend of human development and a manifestation of social progress, he said, adding that The Netherlands advocates free trade while China is also a beneficiary of free trade.

The two countries should jointly promote the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) so that the WTO will continue to play its role as the cornerstone of the free trade system, he said.

Wang also called on both countries to set an example for ensuring mutual openness.

The Tian En vessel of China’s COSCO SHIPPING Specialized Carriers Co., is seen at the Dutch Port of Eemshaven, on Sept. 9, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Hongxia)

Openness is a foundation of The Netherlands and also China’s consistent policy, he said, adding that adhering to mutual openness is key to the common progress of the two countries.

China, he added, will build a new open economic system at a higher level and is willing to share its market opportunities with other countries.

Also, China and The Netherlands should set an example for advocating fair competition, Wang said.

He expressed the hope that all parties will adhere to the principle of fair competition, give full play to the decisive role of the market in allocating resources, and provide a fair, just, open, and non-discriminatory business environment for enterprises from all countries.