Abstract : Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Maltese Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo agreed Tuesday to further develop bilateral ties.
BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign
Minister Wang Yi and Maltese Minister for Foreign and European Affairs
Evarist Bartolo agreed Tuesday to further develop bilateral ties.
In a phone talk, Wang expressed his gratitude for the understanding
and support the Maltese side has given to China in its fight against the
COVID-19 pandemic, noting that China also provided Malta with
anti-epidemic supplies and assistance and shared its experience in
combating the virus.
He said the Chinese side believes that under the leadership of the
new Maltese government, the Maltese side will eventually triumph over
Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, the country has
mobilized all the people and adopted the most rigorous and resolute
measures to effectively control the epidemic situation, he said.
At present, China is accelerating its economic and social development
while normalizing the epidemic prevention and control, and is expected
to become the first major economy that can achieve positive growth, Wang
Noting that vaccines are a powerful means for the eventual victory
against the pandemic, Wang said China has made smooth progress in
vaccine research and development, and is willing to give active
consideration to provide the vaccines, once being successfully put into
use, for countries in need.
China and Malta, Wang said, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of
the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2022, and both sides should
plan commemorative activities at an early date.
China stands ready to work with the Maltese side to consolidate and
deepen political mutual trust and expand practical cooperation abiding
by the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, so as
to usher in the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties with more fruitful
results, Wang said.
Malta has an important strategic position, and can serve as a gateway
for Chinese companies to enter markets in the European Union (EU) and
Africa, Wang said, adding that the Chinese government will continue to
encourage and support Chinese companies to invest and do business in
China highly appreciates Malta’s adherence to the basic principles of
independence, self-reliance and non-interference in other countries’
internal affairs when dealing with international relations, Wang said.
China hopes and believes that Malta can play a constructive role in
boosting China-Europe relations, and encourage the EU to take a more
positive, cooperative and constructive attitude in viewing and
developing relations with China, he said.
For his part, Bartolo expressed his gratitude for the great support
and aid China provided when Malta needed them most in its anti-pandemic
The Maltese side greatly values China’s announcement that it will
make COVID-19 vaccine a public good, as it will help to expand the
accessibility and affordability of the vaccine to its utmost level, he
Malta-China relations have seen great progress since the diplomatic
ties were established 50 years ago, Bartolo said, adding that the
Maltese side expects to further develop bilateral ties on the basis of
equality and mutual-benefit, and welcomes more Chinese enterprises to
invest in Malta and hold discussions over tri-party cooperation in the
EU and Africa. Enditem
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