Andris Pels, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and Deng Li, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, co-chaired the discussions on behalf of their respective governments.
“The officials talked about bilateral cooperation in addition to matters pertaining to the region and the world.” Even though Latvia and China have quite different perspectives on a number of subjects, the participants were of the opinion that it is very necessary to keep up a consistent political communication between the two countries.
Latvia agrees with the EU’s common position according to which China is regarded as a cooperation partner in dealing with global issues, an economic competitor and a systemic rival,” said the release.
There were online political consultations between Latvia and China.
“The State Secretary emphasized Latvia’s interests in developing more balanced economic relations with China, with particular attention being paid to opportunities for the export of Latvian goods,”
“The State Secretary emphasized Latvia’s interests in developing more balanced economic relations with China,” In a similar vein, Andris Pels emphasized the necessity of addressing, within the context of the EU-China trade talks, the problem of reciprocity in access to China’s market,” the statement stated.
In addition, Pels “called on China to exercise its influence as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council” in order to aid in putting a stop to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, and he “urged against giving any assistance to Russia – neither in the military sector nor in the circumvention of sanctions.”