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Li Keqiang: Push Forward China-Italy Relations and China-EU Relations to Achieve Greater Development
2014/06/11

In the afternoon of June 11, 2014, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy at the Great Hall of the People.

Li Keqiang welcomed Renzi for visiting China shortly after he assumed office as the Italian Prime Minister. Li Keqiang said that the China-Italy relations have enjoyed a sound and steady development in recent years. Just now President Xi Jinping had a friendly meeting with you. China is willing to take the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership as a new starting point to deepen political mutual trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and strengthen communication and coordination with Italy in major international and regional affairs to inject new vigor into the China-Italy relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China is willing to work with Italy to ensure the leading and guiding role of the China-Italy Governmental Committee being played well and to accelerate the formulation of a medium and long-term trade promotion plan to enhance the level of bilateral trade. China is willing to work with Italy to increase mutual investment and to encourage cooperation between the enterprises in both countries, especially the small and medium-sized enterprises, and hopes that Italy will further loosen restrictions on the investment industry so as to provide the Chinese enterprises with a better investment environment, legal guarantee and convenient measures. China is also willing to deepen cooperation with Italy in science, technology and environmental protection, promote cooperation in high and new technology and the joint training programs of top-level talents, and strengthen cooperation in fields such as education and culture. China supports and will actively participate in the Expo Milan 2015.

Li Keqiang said that Italy is one of the founding members of the European Union (EU) and will hold the rotating presidency of the EU during the second half of 2014. He hoped that Italy will continue its commitment to deepening the China-EU relations, actively promote China and the EU to accelerate the investment agreement negotiation and launch the feasibility study on the China-EU free trade area, facilitate certain major cooperative projects in fields such as science and technology, infrastructure construction, aviation and aerospace, and new-type urbanization, and make joint efforts with China in fighting against trade protectionism.

Renzi said that Italy and China enjoy a time-honored traditional friendship, and the bilateral cooperation bears rich contents, fruitful results and great potential. Italy is willing to further expand bilateral cooperation in fields such as economy and trade, tourism, agriculture, food, science and technology, urbanization, people-to-people and cultural engagement, so as to promote a greater development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. Italy welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in Italy and more Chinese tourists to visit Italy, and will provide convenience in these regards. Italy will continue playing a positive role in promoting the EU-China relations.

Prior to the meeting, Li Keqiang held a welcome ceremony for Renzi at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Ma Biao and others attended the ceremony.

After the meeting, Li Keqiang and Renzi jointly witnessed the signing of the bilateral cooperation documents in fields such as economy and trade, energy, aviation and infrastructure construction.

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