H.E. Li Chao, Chinese Ambassador to Estonia, published signed article on Estonian News Paper Postimees
2019/07/25

On June 28-29, the 14th G20 Summit was held in Osaka, Japan. The Summit had sent a positive signal to the outside world and boosted the confidence of the international community in achieving win-win cooperation. After the Summit, the Chinese ambassador to Estonia H.E. Mr. Li Chao published a signed article entitled "Working Together for Mutual Benefit" on Estonian newspaper Postimees to elaborate the speech by President Xi Jinping on the G20 Summit and introduce the Belt and Road Initiative and the concept of community of shared future for mankind. By explaining the fast development of China-Estonia relations, the article reiterated China's position of supporting multilateralism and opposing unilateralism and trade protectionism.

Here is the English text:

Working Together for Mutual Benefit

During the 14th G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29, many leaders expressed their concerns about the risk of unilateralism and protectionism, and advocated to maintain multilateralism, strengthen cooperation so as to jointly address challenges. With the rise of de-globalization, hegemonism and power politics, the world witnesses the growing uncertainty and instability. In this context, the G20 summit had sent a positive signal to the outside world and boosted the confidence of the international community in achieving win-win cooperation.

In today's world, countries have become more interdependent and all countries' interests are closely intertwined. Peace, development and win-win cooperation become the irresistible trend of the times. Sustainable development complies with the interests of all countries and is the best point of entry for cooperation. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed to jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative, which is a practical implementation for building a community of shared future for mankind, aiming at achieving mutual benefit and common development for all countries. Last April, the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. More than 6000 leaders and guests from 150 countries and 92 international organizations attended the event. All parties had reached consensus on jointly promoting the high quality construction of Belt and Road. At the G20 summit, President Xi Jinping said: "We, as the leaders of major economies, are committed to re-calibrate the direction of the world economy and global governance at this critical juncture, work together to boost market confidence, and bring hope to our people". He stressed that Belt and Road Initiative was designed to mobilize more resources, strengthen connectivity links, leverage potential growth drivers and connect the markets with a view to integrate more countries and regions into economic globalization and achieve the shared prosperity through mutually beneficial cooperation.

Estonia is an important partner of China in the Baltic as well as in the European region. China attaches great importance to China-Estonia relations. Our two countries stand on the same ground in upholding the UN-centred international system and the multilateral trading system with WTO at its core. With regard to any problem that occurs on the economic and trade front, we both advocate to act in the spirit of mutual respect and handle it appropriately through equal-footed dialogue and consultation in accordance with norms in international relations and multilateral trading rules. As being the second largest contributor to UN regular budget and peace-keeping budget, it is obviously seen how firmly China support UN and its multilateralism. China congratulates Estonia on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 and expects to work together on the Security Council affairs.

China and Estonia are traditional friendly countries. We have no historical burdens and fundamental conflicts of interest. We share the common perspective of independent foreign policy. Practical cooperation stands for our common goal. The following facts have witnessed our achievements and success. In 2017, China and Estonia signed three memorandums of cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative, e-commerce and digital silk roads, which meant that Estonia formally joined the Belt and Road Initiative. In recent years, China-Estonia relations have maintained a good momentum of development. Especially after Madame President Mrs. Kaljulaid's successful visit to China and her meeting with President Mr. Xi Jinping last year, China-Estonia relations entered into a new phase of fast development. Last April, during the 8th China-Central and Eastern European Countries Summit, Prime Minister Mr. Ratas and Chinese Premier Mr. Li Keqiang held a bilateral meeting in Dubrovnik and witnessed the signing a protocol on exporting Estonia's salmon to China. Prior to this, China and Estonia had signed protocols of exporting Estonia's dairy, herring and poultry to China. Last May, Mr. Mart Jaarvik, Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs visited China and attended 4th Ministerial Meeting of China-Central and Eastern European Countries on Agriculture; Last June, the delegation of the General Administration of Customs of China visited Estonia and a memorandum on import and export food safety between Estonia and China was signed. Many Estonian good quality products have successfully got into Chinese market. According to Eurostat data, in the first five months of this year, the export value of Estonia to China totalled nearly $116 million, a year on year increase of 14.3%, ranking the fourth by the growth grate in EU. China has a huge market and welcomes all qualified products and investment from Estonia. With the deepening of China-Estonia mutual trust and practical cooperation, the number of tourists from both sides continues to rise. "Seeing is believing", more visits from both sides lead to promote mutual understanding and friendship.

However, it should be noted that the world today is facing the profound changes unseen in a century. Under the circumstances of immense changes around the globe, no one country can develop solely on its own. Today, in a world of economic globalization, trade disputes between countries are unavoidable and consultations should be made on the basis of mutual respect. Attempting to use extreme pressure, wield the big stick of tariffs and even demand other parties the sacrifice of development rights in order to achieve the goal of "I am first" will ultimately be harmful not only to its own interests but also the economic development of the world as a whole. Recently, certain countries have employed state power to target private Chinese companies like Huawei on trumped-up charges. This is a typical economic bullying act. At present, Huawei is among the world's largest communications equipment suppliers, the second largest mobile phone manufacturer and one of the leaders of the 5G standard. It has strong innovation capacity and development advantages. In 2018, Huawei's value of R&D investment accounted for 14% of its annual revenue (second in the world), reaching $15.3 billion (the fourth in the world). By the end of 2018, Huawei has registered 5,405 international patents, becoming one of the enterprises which have the largest number of international patent rights. The political intention of targeting Huawei is self-evident. In the past years, Huawei has signed 5G cooperation agreements with more than 20 telecom operators in Europe. Since April, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain have launched tests of commercial 5G network. Huawei is the main technology and equipment supplier. Huawei and Estonian operators have a very good foundation for cooperation. It is our common interests that they would further enhance their cooperation and introduce more affordable service to Estonian end-users.

The Chinese people always uphold the principles of "Friendliness is conducive to business success". China will firmly follow the path of peaceful development. Based on the principle of extensive consultation, joint construction, shared benefit, openness and transparency, China will work together with other countries as equals to achieve a win-win situation. At this year's G20 summit, President Xi Jinping advocated that all countries should persist in reform and innovation to find more impetus for growth. We must enhance the efficiency and resilience of our economies and strive for high-quality development through promoting the digital economy, enhancing connectivity and improving social security. President Xi emphasized that China will open up the market wider, expand imports, improve the business environment, extend equal treatment to all foreign investment and make greater efforts to advance trade talks so as to tirelessly pursue a brighter future of the global economy. Estonia is the world leading player in digital economy and e-governance. China and Estonia have great potential for cooperation and the future is promising. In November this year, China will host the second International Import Expo in Shanghai. 11 Estonian companies, instead of 4 exhibitors last year, have already registered for the exhibition. China has full confidence in running its own affairs well, and is willing to share the opportunities of development with Estonia. Let's work together for the future.

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