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Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with European Commission President Barroso

On April 29, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on China-EU relations and major international issues, agreeing to continue advancing China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

Wen said that China and EU both advocate the world multi-polarization and the diversity of civilizations, share a lot of consensus in improving global governance and face important opportunities in deepening China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. Wen said China had all along supported the integration of the EU and paid close attention to EU's development after the Lisbon Treaty came into effect. China attached great importance to communication and coordination with EU on major issues and was willing to upgrade the China-EU strategic dialogue. Both sides should enhance mutual understanding and support, view common interests from a strategic perspective and work closely to promote the establishment of a new international political and economic order.

Wen said China and EU are actively adjusting their development strategies. "Both China and the EU pay great attention to coordinated development of the economy and society, technology innovation and sustainable development, which provides broad space for bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, high-tech industry and green economy," Wen said. Wen called for joint efforts from both sides to achieve an overall balance of bilateral trade and sustainable growth. He said the Chinese government will unswervingly implement the opening-up policy and is committed to creating a fair market environment for all businesses. He also called on the EU to recognize China's full market economy status as soon as possible, which would gain a fair competition treatment for the Chinese companies.

Wen pointed out the international community should jointly undertake responsibilities and consolidate the momentum of world economic recovery. All countries need to make long-term unremitting efforts to overcome the crisis. Relentless efforts should be made to enhance governance on the root of the crisis and oppose trade protectionism in all forms. China is ready to enhance communication and coordination with EU in the G20 and other major multilateral mechanisms.

Barroso said that EU attaches great importance to developing ties with China from a strategic perspective and supports China’s greater role in the international arena. EU would like to be a closer and more effective strategic cooperative partner of China, which is a diplomatic priority of the EU featured by continuity and stability. EU is ready to enhance dialogue and cooperation with China on bilateral fields and in major international issues and hopes that both sides will deepen mutual understanding and trust, properly handle differences and join hands to cope with various global issues and challenges to push forward multilateralism and global governance.

Hailing China’s development as an important opportunity for expanding EU-China cooperation, Barroso said EU hopes to communicate and coordinate with China on macro-economic strategy as well as financial and monetary policy through EU-China high-level economic and trade dialogue, the G20 and other mechanisms so as to push for recovery and growth of the world economy. The EU side made positive comments on China’s unremitting efforts to improve investment environment. EU pursues an open trade and investment policy and opposes protectionism, he said, adding that EU welcomes Chinese businesses to invest in Europe and is ready to create favorable environment to this end. EU has a political will to advance negotiations on the EU-China Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, expand cooperation in the areas of science, technology, environmental protection and clean energy and promote humanities and youth exchanges.

Both sides also exchanged views on climate change, the Iranian nuclear issue and other issues.

Following the talks, both sides jointly met the press and representatives of EU entrepreneurs in China.

Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, Minister of Industry and Information Technology Li Yizhong, Minister of Finance Xie Xuren, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, Minister of Culture Cai Wu, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan of the People's Bank of China, Director of the Research Office of the State Council Xie Fuzhan, Vice Minister of the State Development and Reform Commission and Director General of National Energy Bureau Zhang Guobao, Ambassador Song Zhe, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying attended the above activities.

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