Prior to leaving on his visits to Greece, Spain, and Myanmar, Politburo member Yang Jiechi gave a written interview to Xinhua on September 6. The Paper quoted him as saying: “The international community should adhere to multilateralism, work together to maintain a peaceful and peaceful development environment…and work together to meet global challenges.” Yang Jiechi also said, “China's cooperation with the three countries will be stronger and more powerful, which will greatly promote the pragmatic cooperation between China, ASEAN and the EU, and promote the realization of a…win-win situation and deeper integration of interests.” After the visit he said, according to the Paper, this is a journey to deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation, and many important consensuses have been reached. He described the visits as very good, with representatives of the three countries expressing their agreement with China’s outlook on a wide range of issues. In a reference to the US, he did note, though, that some countries are “Instigating conflicts and confrontations with a Cold War mentality [and] poisoning international relations.”

(Comments: A week earlier Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Europe which was not successful and saw a pushback by Europe against China.)

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