OREANDA-NEWS China and the countries of the European Union should provide stabilizing factors in the current unstable international situation. This opinion was expressed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during talks with President of the European Council Charles Michel and Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, which took place on April 1. His words are quoted by the Central Television of the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping named the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crisis that followed, as well as the situation in Ukraine among the destabilizing factors.

«Under these conditions, China and Europe, as two major world forces, two major markets and two major civilizations, should strengthen ties», Xi Jinping said. He noted that cooperation between China and the EU has led to new successes in the face of challenges. Xi Jinping added that China and Europe have common interests and a deep basis for cooperation. He expressed hope that the EU will adhere to an independent position in relation to the PRC.