Fu Ying: Chinese need to be more proactive

Beijing – On 9th June, the European Chamber held an exclusive dialogue with Madam Fu Ying, China’s former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is currently the Chairperson of the Centre for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University. Representatives from nearly 200 companies, embassies and associations attended the event.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the third major crisis to shift the global agenda since the dawn of the 21st century. Madam Fu stated that it has not been easy for China to become so successful in fighting the pandemic. She further touched upon other topics that garnered much interest recently, like the Civil Code of China, which she said she believed to be remarkable progress for personal dignity. Madam Fu also noted that, for the first time in over two decades, China did not set a growth target during this year’s Two Session. The major focus for the government is helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), continuing the poverty alleviation program, and establishing a legal system for the Hong Kong administration to safeguard national security.

Faced with the uncertainty brought by the global economic depression and escalating tensions between China and the United States (US), Madam Fu mentioned that it is an important time for China to think about what it wants from the relationship with the US and to make sure this will not go in the wrong direction. Regarding the European Union (EU)-China relationship, although the 22nd EU-China Leader Summit has been postponed, there is a strong bilateral consensus and connection. Madame Fu believes that it should be possible for the Comprehensive Agreement of Investment (CAI) to be signed soon and stressed that the EU-China’s relationship is on the right course.

It was clearly stated by Madam Fu that, in this world, there are not enough Chinese voices and messages being heard. She said the Chinese need to be more proactive, and stressed that communication between China and the world is very important. (European Chamber)