Ambassador Zhang Ming, head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union, is in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Dec 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

As two major market forces and civilizations in the world, China and the EU must cooperate; that’s the only way to achieve win-win development, said Ambassador Zhang Ming, head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, at the 2021 annual general assembly of the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU held on March 30.

Zhang pointed out that since China and the EU established diplomatic ties in 1975, bilateral relations have managed to reach the heights today despite twists and turns along the way, just as dangerous shoals and reefs cannot stop rivers from running to the sea.

He emphasized that economic and trade cooperation is an important part of China-EU relations, and Chinese enterprises in Europe are the major driving forces of the cooperation. Under the current circumstances, it is important to press ahead against the headwinds and contribute to the maintenance and growth of China-EU cooperation.

Minister of the Economic and Commercial Office of the Chinese Mission to the EU Xia Xiang, Deputy Director-General of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s Department of Outward Investment and Economic Cooperation Liu Mingqiang, and more than 120 representatives from Chinese enterprises, commerce chambers and associations in Europe participated in the general assembly.