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Part Five

Social and People-to-People Cooperation

Fully leverage the coordinating role of the High-level People-to-People Dialogue and continue to explore new fields, models and approaches of exchanges and cooperation. Facilitate personnel flows, and actively work toward the goals in the second phase of the roadmap of the China-EU Mobility and Migration Dialogue.

Carry out China-EU Employment and Social Security Policy Dialogue. Strengthen and improve the high-level dialogue platform on human resources and social security under the framework of the MOU on Employment and Social Affairs Dialogue. Continue to implement the technical cooperation projects on social security, promote social security and unity, work for higher quality and fuller employment, narrow income gaps, pursue greater social integration, ensure occupational safety and health, promote decent work, address challenges including youth employment, aging, migration and mobility, and advance exchanges and cooperation on social welfare, social assistance, social affairs, social work and community governance.

Strengthen China-EU dialogues and exchanges on health policy, carry out practical cooperation in health promotion, antimicrobial resistance and IT application in medical care, and enhance food safety. Continue to conduct the China-EU Dialogue on Work Safety, and push forward cooperation in emergency management, earthquake technology, disaster preparedness and relief, and work safety.

Continue to increase exchanges between students and scholars, strengthen communication and exchanges on education policies, and explore mutual recognition of quality and standards of higher education and vocational education. Make use of the platforms such as the China-EU Education Policy Dialogue, the China-EU Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and Exchange and the China-EU University Presidents Forum, facilitate exchanges and cooperation between education think tanks. Encourage universities from both sides to carry out high-quality cooperation in running schools and joint education programs.

Jointly protect and promote cultural diversity. Enhance the China-EU dialogue on cultural policies, upgrade cooperation between cultural industries, work toward long-term and stable cooperative relations between major cultural institutions, and support cultural exchanges and cooperation with distinct features between cities. Facilitate efforts by China and EU member states to set up cultural centers in each other's countries. Further explore each other's tourism markets and boost cooperation between tourism industries based on the success of the China-EU Tourism Year of 2018.

Strengthen sports exchanges and cooperation between China and EU member states, encourage mutual participation in sports events and international conferences. Expand cooperation in winter sports by seizing opportunities presented by the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Encourage media cooperation in various forms, welcome the participation of media organizations from EU member states in the Belt and Road News Network, expand press and publishing cooperation, facilitate exchanges of broadcasting and television organizations, and support cooperation in the production of film and TV programs, book translation and joint interviews. It is believed that media professionals should observe their professional ethics, and oppose and combat fake news and illegal online content. China will continue to provide facilitation for EU correspondents in China in accordance with laws and regulations and hopes that the EU will play a positive role in facilitating objective, impartial and accurate coverage of China by media in EU member states.

Make good use of the China-EU Legal Affairs Dialogue, carry out legal policy exchange, mutual learning and cooperation to better understand each other's legal systems and promote China-EU cooperation.

Continue to conduct constructive exchanges on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect in the hope that these exchanges play a positive role in promoting China-EU relations and common progress on human rights. The European side should view China's human rights conditions in an objective and fair manner and refrain from interfering in China's internal affairs and judicial sovereignty in the name of human rights.

Encourage think tanks from both sides to increase intellectual exchanges to play their positive and constructive role in facilitating mutual understanding and proper perception between people of the two sides, and make recommendations for growing China-EU relations. China welcomes lawful activities by NGOs from other countries, including EU member states, supports their positive role in promoting friendly exchanges between China and their home countries, and will continue to provide necessary facilitation and services.

Build a wide-ranging and multi-tiered network for China-EU youth exchanges and continue to hold the China-EU Youth Policy Dialogue and Expert Seminar as well as themed exchanges between youth organizations.

China hopes that the EU side will earnestly protect the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals in its member states. Chinese nationals are encouraged to integrate into local communities, actively play the role of a bridge, and contribute to mutual understanding and cooperation between the two sides.

Support continued efforts by the China Economic and Social Council and the European Economic and Social Committee in hosting the China-EU Roundtable, and support NGOs from both sides in carrying out cooperation in accordance with laws and regulations and playing their positive role in promoting China-EU people-to-people dialogue and exchanges.

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