Premier Li forges closer ties with EU

- Xinhua, BRUSSELS

Jun 4, 2017-

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wrapped up on Friday a two-day visit to Belgium, where he met with European leaders and reaffirmed their commitment to developing a stable relationship between China and the European Union (EU) in face of growing global uncertainties.

The two sides have also sent out positive signals to the world with their resolution to champion free trade and globalisation, and to carry forward the global fight against climate change despite setbacks.

During his stay in Brussels, the Chinese premier attended the 12th EU-China Business Summit, and co-chaired the 19th China-EU leaders’ meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

At both events, Li highlighted the importance of a stable and increasingly strong China-EU relationship in face of rising global uncertainties.

China highly values its relations with Europe and supports the EU countries to choose their own path of integration, Li told Tusk and Juncker during their annual meeting, adding that his country is happy to see an Europe that is unified, stable, open and prosperous.

The premier said he hopes the meeting could send a positive signal that the China-EU relationship remains stable and is steadily improving, and that they could respond to the global uncertainties with stability of their cooperation.

Noting that China and the EU have kept making new progress in their cooperation in recent years, Li urged the two sides to better align their development strategies, expand two-way opening up and push forward their negotiation on an investment agreement.

He encouraged the two sides to boost cooperation in such fields as infrastructure, aviation, information and network security, finance and renewable energy, among 

others.

The two sides should also take the opportunity of the “2018 EU-China Tourism Year” to further facilitate people-to-people exchanges, he added. Calling their meeting with the Chinese premier “constructive” and  “fruitful,” Tusk and Juncker told a joint press conference that the EU and China are important strategic and cooperative partners, and both sides attach great importance to their bilateral relations and cooperation.

Economic and trade ties topped the agenda of Li’s Europe trip. In a keynote speech at the Business Summit, Li said both sides believe they should go with the tide of globalisation and push forward globalisation to make it fairer and more inclusive.

It is clear that globalisation has brought tremendous benefits to China, the EU and the world, Li said, noting that globalisation should not be blamed for the negative influence emerging along with it.

Published: 04-06-2017 09:26

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