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Zhang Gaoli Meets with President of European Commission José Manuel Barroso

On September 23 local time, when attending the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit in New York, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met at the UN headquarters in New York with President of European Commission José Manuel Barroso.

Zhang Gaoli conveyed sincere greetings from Premier Li Keqiang to Barroso. Zhang Gaoli said that President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to the UN headquarters this spring and the leaders of both sides reached important consensus on jointly building the four major China-EU partnerships for peace, growth, reform and civilization, charting the course for development of China-EU relations. At present, the common mission for China and the EU is to effectively implement the four major partnerships and promote China-EU cooperation to a new level. Both sides should well and comprehensively implement the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, speed up the promotion of negotiations on investment agreement and strive to build a batch of backbone cooperative projects in key fields such as new-type urbanization, high-tech and infrastructure. Both sides should keep communication on international hotspot issues and enhance coordination in key areas of global development, so as to constantly promote the strategic character of China-EU relations.

Zhang Gaoli expressed that China is the largest developing country while the EU is the largest developed economy. China and the EU enhancing dialogue and cooperation in climate change conduces to the sound and stable development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. China is willing to join efforts with the EU to build the cooperation in climate change into a new highlight in the stable advancement of China-EU partnership

Barroso asked Zhang Gaoli to convey his kind greetings to Premier Li Keqiang. He said that President Xi Jinping's visit to the EU headquarters was of historic significance and played an important driving role in advancing EU-China relations. The EU and China are close and friendly partners and have conducted multiple fruitful cooperation in bilateral and multilateral areas. The EU appreciates China's positive actions in addressing climate change and holds that this conduces to pooling the global efforts tackling climate change. The EU is willing to enhance communication and cooperation with China for positive results from United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima this November and 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris .

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