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

On the afternoon of May 6, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met with Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Li Keqiang spoke positively of the development achieved in the bilateral relations over 40 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and the EU. He said that amid the current international political and economic situation, maintaining sound China-EU relations will have a positive influence on the peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world at large. He hoped that the two sides will make full use of important mechanisms as such the high-level strategic dialogue to enhance mutual understanding and trust, expand practical cooperation in all areas and promote a better development of the China-EU relations.

Li Keqiang said that China is promoting a stable economic growth through reform and opening up. And the EU has launched investment plans. If China and the EU realize effective docking between development strategies and advance bilateral cooperation based on the idea of reform, the two sides can create greater space for growth and achieve mutual benefit and win-win and multi-win results.

Li Keqiang emphasized that China is willing to work with the EU to promote the negotiations on the bilateral investment agreement with the model of pre-establishment national treatment plus negative list, develop closer relations of trade and investment, and jointly oppose protectionism to boost economic growth, cope with the challenges brought by the sluggish world economy. China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with the EU on the issue of climate change and jointly strive for a road of sustainable development.

Federica Mogherini said that she is delighted to visit China upon the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the EU and China. The EU and China should take this opportunity to further expand economic cooperation and strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The EU pays attention to China's initiatives in deepening reforms and looks forward to Premier Li Keqiang's attendance at the 17th EU-China Summit this year to promote mutual investment and economic development. The EU and China share common interests, and the two sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation to jointly cope with global challenges. The two sides can jointly play a positive role in dealing with the issue of climate change.

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

State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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