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欧洲进步研究基金会主席、意大利前总理马西莫·达莱马致辞

Your excellences,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour to be addressing you today, here, in beautiful Beijing, at such a prestigious gathering. I would very much like to thank the Communist Party of China for the very kind invitation to offer these remarks on such an important topic.

I represent here the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the only progressive political foundation at European level. Since our creation, we have worked intensively on strengthening a substantive dialogue between the European Union and China, trying to act as an intellectual catalyst for dealing with the complexity of this truly global, vital relationship between the two sides.

Because it is an undeniable fact that the relationship between China and Europe is one of the most important in the world.

Our strong and deep ties are now moving forward on an impressive positive track, but they are rooted in a long history of connections between our two civilisations. It was from Venice that Marco Polo set off on his famous expedition to the east in 1271, returning to Europe with incredible stories about the cultures, peoples and traditions he encountered. But this rich history in Sino-European relations spans centuries, aided by the Silk Road system, a modern reincarnation of which brings us all together today, which has existed for over 2,000 years.

In 2015 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations. This was a landmark that allowed us not only to look back at our major, but also to turn to the future.

As we look forward, we can say that there is ample room for policy convergence, and we have seen the first signs of this convergence in the last months and years.

On climate change, on economic openness, on the defence of globalisation, on respect towards multilateralism and multilateral institutions, and on strong practical projects, such as the Belt and Road intiiative, these are all areas where we have seen important signs of mutual understating and convergence of interests emerging.

Yet, as is always the case, a lot remains to be done.

In our ever-changing global environment, our relationship needs to evolve as it is growing.

“Hearts Together, Prosperity Shared”, the theme of this panel discussion, cannot just be a slogan. For our relationship to grow, and for ambitious initiatives such as the Belt and Road initiative to become the facilitators for a future of shared prosperity, the scope of cooperation needs to go beyond a top-down approach.

We need to ensure that we develop a sustainable cooperation, not only between our political leadership, but also our people, a cooperation that takes strength from our historical roots of friendship, and project them to a better, stronger future together.

Rigorous and constructive dialogue between all levels and across all sectors of our societies, of our people, will be critical if we want to achieve this. In a world of shifting global realities, we are urged to work in this positive and progressive direction.

FEPS is a member of the Silk Road Think Tank Association, and in this capacity, we have emphasized that the most crucial component of the success of the plan is precisely constructing strong people-to-people bonds between our communities and societies.

After forty+ years of a dynamic cooperation, only this way can the partnership that we have forged so far provide the impetus for a more momentous China-Europe relation in a bright future.

Thank you very much.

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