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Zhang Dejiang Holds Talks with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz

In the afternoon of March 16, 2015, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang held talks with President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz at the Great Hall of the People.

Zhang Dejiang said that the Third Session of the Twelfth NPC just concluded, and you are the first visiting foreign parliament leader I meet after the session and also the first EU leader visiting China after the new leadership of the EU institutions assumed office. President Xi Jinping proposed that China and the EU should jointly forge a partnership featuring peace, growth, reform and civilization during his visit to the EU headquarters last year, which received positive response from the EU leaders, injecting new vigor and vitality into China-EU relations. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU diplomatic relationship, and bilateral relations have generally achieved a leapfrog development. It is hoped that both sides could join hands to intensify mutual support and advance common progress by taking the new opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship.

Zhang Dejiang expressed that the EP plays a unique role in the decision-making mechanism of the EU. The NPC will enhance friendly exchanges with the EP so as to together facilitate the in-depth development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. First, we should deepen communication and exchanges, make the best of the platform for regular exchanges and strengthen dialogue at all levels so as to serve as a bridge for the advancement of bilateral friendship. Second, we should enhance practical cooperation, actively play the function of parliament and support the two sides to reach and approve cooperative documents as early as possible thus to offer legal guarantee for personnel exchange facilitation and contribute wisdom to expanding practical cooperation. Third, we should understand and respect each other, that is, respect development path independently chosen by as well as core concerns of the other side, do more trans-positional thinking, consider more about the big picture of cooperation, enhance mutual understanding and broaden cooperation consensus.

Zhang Dejiang briefed on the Third Session of the Twelfth NPC. He said that the important task of the NPC now is to implement the spirit of the Third Session of the Twelfth NPC, stick to the road of building a socialist country with Chinese characteristics under the rule of law, and exercise functions and powers according to law, in order to provide legal guarantee for the Chinese Dream of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Martin Schulz said that they have paid close attention to the just-concluded Third Session of the Twelfth NPC. The world is facing challenges in such aspects as economy, environment, peace and security, therefore, governments and parliaments of all countries should intensify cooperation and join hands to meet them. The EP will, together with the NPC, further strengthen high-level exchanges, deepen exchanges and cooperation at various levels, and play a greater role in advancing EU-China relations.

Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the Standing Committee of the NPC Wang Chen attended the talks.

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