China rejects labeling Europe a “systemic rival” and speaks of “specific differences” | China

A spokesman for the Chinese National People’s Congress, which begins its annual legislative session in Beijing on Sunday, rejected this Saturday, at a press conference to launch the event, the idea that Europe has become a “systemic rival ” of the People’s Republic of China.

Quoted by Global Times – Chinese Communist Party (CCP) English-language newspaper –, Wang Chao argued that this “fallacy” is driven by a “Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices” and called for the expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two blocs to foster cooperation. development at the global level.

wang assumed that there are “differences in certain aspects”, but insisted that neither party has any kind of “strategic disagreement”. These statements seem to be a clear attempt to draw a fundamental difference with the relationship that China has with the United States, the greatest Western geopolitical force and Beijing’s main rival.

According to data from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bilateral trade between China and the European Union increased by 5.6% in 2022.

The Chinese Parliament formally starts its work on Sunday, but this Saturday it was revealed that reforms in the Government, economy and state structures will be approved.

Analysts believe that the PCC will take advantage of these changes to strengthen its control of political power at the local and regional level.

In addition, the growth targets for 2023, the Defense budget and the names of some of the new members of the Government, such as the Prime Minister, will be revealed. The reappointment of Xi Jinping for a third presidential term will also be confirmed.

Held in the government buildings of Tiananmen Square, the so-called “Two Sessions” officially began this Saturday, with the opening ceremony of the Chinese People’s Consultative Council, a political advisory body.

In both bodies, the role of members and delegates is very limited, limiting itself to approving laws and appointments already decided by the Standing Committee of Congress, a body with about 170 members dominated by the top of the PCC hierarchy.

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