Chinese special envoy Li Hui holds talks with EU officials in Brussels

The Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs Li Hui reiterated that China has always maintained an objective and impartial position on the Ukraine issue and actively promoted talks for peace.

The Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs Li Hui (L2) meets with the European Union officials in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2023. /Chinese Foreign Ministry

He made the remarks during talks with high-level European Union (EU) officials including Frederic Bernard, head of Cabinet of President of European Council, and Enrique Mora, deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, in Brussels on Thursday.

The two sides exchanged views on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis and China-EU relations.

China and the EU share much consensus on this issue, Li said, adding that China supports the European countries to strengthen their strategic autonomy and make efforts for the long-term stability of the European continent.

Noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary since the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the EU, he said China is willing to work with the EU to implement the important consensus of the leaders of both sides, so as to respond to the uncertainty of the international situation with the stability of China-EU relations.

The EU officials spoke highly of the positive role China played in the peaceful settlement of the conflict and appreciated the relevant principles in the document outlining China's position on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis.

The EU shares with China a lot of common interests on the Ukraine issue and is willing to work together with China to enhance consensus through cooperation, resolve differences through dialogue and promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict to achieve a lasting and just peace in Europe, they added.