Li Keqiang Meets with Vice President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

On the afternoon of April 18, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Vice President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

Speaking positively of the development of China-EU relations, Li Keqiang expressed that the current international situation is complicated and ever-changing, and the trend of anti-globalization and protectionism is rising. As two major powers in the world, China and the EU should abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and jointly send positive signals of safeguarding regional stability and world peace, coping with global challenges, reforming and improving international governance system and advancing economic globalization as well as free and fair trade, so as to tackle the uncertainties in the international situation with the stability of China-EU relations and cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China attaches great importance to developing its relations with the EU, and firmly supports the European integration process, hoping the EU could maintain unity, stability and prosperity. The Chinese side values the EU’s commitments on fulfilling its international obligations, and is willing to, together with the EU, make joint efforts to advance practical cooperation in various fields including the negotiations on bilateral investment agreement and feasibility study on free trade based on the spirit of mutual respect and equal treatment, properly handle differences through dialogues, and promote a greater development of China-EU relations within the framework of the rule-based international order, so as to inject driving forces into world economic growth.

Federica Mogherini noted that the EU and China shoulder and share the heavy responsibility of maintaining international order, tackling global challenges such as terrorism and climate change and promoting world peace and development. Attaching importance to safeguarding international multilateral system and fulfilling its own international obligations, the EU side is ready to enhance cooperation, properly handle differences and push for negotiations on bilateral investment agreement and other aspects for positive progress in a constructive attitude. The EU expects that the 19th EU-China Summit in 2017 will achieve positive outcomes.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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