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Chinese premier's European tour boosts mutal political trust, pragmatic co-op with EU(05/21/09)

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's brief visit to Europe has put a spotlight on the mutual political trust, pragmatic cooperation and friendship that China shares with the European Union, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Wednesday.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) poses together with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (1st R), Czech President Vaclav Klaus (2nd L), whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana at the 11th China-EU Summit in Prague, Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) poses together with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (1st R), Czech President Vaclav Klaus (2nd L), whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana at the 11th China-EU Summit in Prague, Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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The world currently is undergoing complicated and profound changes, Yang said after Wen's visit to Europe. He noted that the international financial crisis continues to deepen and spread and the world is facing increasingly tougher global challenges such as climate change and energy security.

In facing the new opportunities and challenges, Yang said, China and the EU urgently need to enhance their coordination and cooperation. During the visit, Chinese and EU leaders had extensive exchanges of views on Sino-EU relations and cooperation.

CHINA-EU POLITICAL TRUST ENHANCED

Elaborating on the great significance of China-EU relations for each other and the rest of the world, the Chinese premier said during the visit that the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides goes with the tide of historical development.

The partnership constitutes mutually beneficial exchanges between two age-old civilizations and frank and sincere dialogues between different social systems, Wen said, adding it will benefit the two peoples as well as the international community.

In the complex and volatile world today, the determined joint efforts by China and the EU to deepen their cooperation for their common and harmonious development is ultimately conducive to world harmony and sustainable development, Wen said.

Yang noted that the Chinese premier further defined Sino-EU ties during the summit, putting emphasis on its strategic, comprehensive nature and the necessity of advancing with times.

Wen also urged both sides to handle their relations from a long-term and strategic perspective, strengthen their cooperation in all spheres and take care of each other's major concerns on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits.

China is willing to make good friends and good partners with the EU to promote common development and achieve a win-win outcome through harmonious coexistence and close cooperation, Wen said.

The EU shared with Wen's view on the strategic and comprehensive partnership between the two sides and expressed its commitment to deepening this partnership, said the Chinese foreign minister.

The European side also expressed its willingness to work with China to enhance cooperation through dialogues to effectively deal with global issues and challenges.

EU leaders said they would take an impartial and objective attitude towards China's market economy status and indicated their political will to consider lifting the arms embargo against China.

The bloc said it highly values China's positive and constructive role in the international arena and believes that China will make greater contribution to world peace and stability.

PRAGMATIC COOPERATION PROMOTED

Noting that expanding pragmatic cooperation is the main theme of China-EU relations, Wen said efforts should be made to make full use of their summit meeting and high-level economic and trade dialogue mechanisms to push forward their exchanges and cooperation in all fields.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) shakes hands with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) as Czech President Vaclav Klaus, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, looks on at the 11th China-EU Summit in Prague, Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) shakes hands with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) as Czech President Vaclav Klaus, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, looks on at the 11th China-EU Summit in Prague, Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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Both sides should further improve the legal framework of their cooperation to better coordinate in politics, trade, science and technology, culture, education and other fields, Wen said.

The European side has expressed its readiness to promote all kinds of dialogue mechanisms with China and speed up negotiations for the EU-China Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA).

Joint efforts to tackle the global financial crisis form a key part of China-EU cooperation at the current stage, said Yang.

"China has been sincere in promoting Sino-EU economic and trade cooperation and has taken practical measures for that end," Yang said.

As the world's two big economies and each other's key trading partners, China and the EU should work together to overcome the current difficulties and contribute to an early recovery of the world economy, Wen said.

Both sides have agreed to take the lead in opposing trade protectionism. China will sent another purchasing delegation to Europe soon.

The two sides agreed to further promote mutual investment and boost cooperation in small- and medium-sized enterprises, measures for trade facilitation, science and technology, communications and posts, Yang noted.

They also agreed to enhance dialogues in macro-economic policy and finance to push forward reforms of the international financial system, Yang added.

After their summit meeting, the Chinese and EU leaders witnessed the signing of three agreements on cooperation in clean energy, science and technology and small-and medium-sized enterprises.

Wen also briefed European side on China's policies on climate change and its achievements in energy saving and emission reduction. He reiterated China's commitment to the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities", and called for comprehensive, effective and sustained implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol in a bid to ensure the Copenhagen conference to yield positive results, Yang said.

The EU leaders noticed the effectiveness of the Chinese measures against climate change, and expressed willingness to work with the Chinese side, he added.

The two parties also exchanged views on international and regional issues of great concern, and agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation on international affairs.

CHINA-CZECH FRIENDLY, COOPERATIVE RELATIONS BOOSTED

The Chinese premier also met separately with Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Jan Fischer to discuss bilateral cooperation, said Yang.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) meets with Czech President Vaclav Klaus in Prague, capital of Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) meets with Czech President Vaclav Klaus in Prague, capital of Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
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Wen said the Czech Republic was among the first countries to forge diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China, and that the China-Czech relations have solid foundation.

Friendly cooperation has been the main theme of China-Czech relations since they established diplomatic ties 60 years ago, Wen said.

The Chinese government has given high priority to its relations with the Czech Republic and cherishes the traditional friendship between the two countries, he said.

Wen noted the year of 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Czech Republic. He said China will avail itself of the occasion to join hands with the Czech Republic to enhance mutual political trust, expand trade and mutual investment, strengthen cooperation in science and environmental protection, promote nongovernmental exchanges, and better coordinate in international affairs so as to push Sino-Czech relations to a new high.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, front) meets with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer (R, front) in Prague, capital of Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, front) meets with Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer (R, front) in Prague, capital of Czech Republic, May 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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The Czech leaders shared with Premier Wen's views on bilateral relations and his proposals for furthering bilateral cooperation. They said the Czech Republic views China as a major partner and is ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China in joint efforts to tackle global financial crisis.

Yang described the 11th China-EU summit as very fruitful, which sent a positive signal that China and the EU would overcome difficulties and ensure a sustained and stable development of their relations, he said.

China and the EU are major players in the international arena. To boost China-EU cooperation conforms with the general trend and popular feeling of the times when the world is facing more global challenges.

"We have full confidence in the development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership," he said.

 

 


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