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Zhang Gaoli Attends Opening Ceremony of ASEM Industry Dialogueon Connectivity

On May 27, 2015, the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Industry Dialogue on Connectivity was held in Chongqing. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech.

Zhang Gaoli expressed that connectivity is the trend of our times as well as common needs of all countries. President Xi Jinping pointed out that connectivity should be strengthened in a three-in-one pattern of infrastructure, rules and regulations as well as personnel exchanges, advanced simultaneously in five major aspects of policy coordination, facility connection, trade facilitation, fund accommodation and amity among the peoples, and carried out in an all-round, three-dimensional and network-like manner. Premier Li Keqiang proposed to hold the ASEM Industry Dialogue on Connectivity. We should guide action through innovation to promote industry cooperation in connectivity between the two continents and push exchanges in all sectors to a new level, thus forging an Asia-Europe community of shared destiny.

Zhang Gaoli stressed that the key for advancing industry cooperation in connectivity is to pool our wisdom and efforts and firmly stick to the five major aspects for coordinated development. First is to enhance policy coordination. We should gather consensus of all parties on Asia-Europe industry cooperation in connectivity and connect industrial development strategies of all countries on connectivity.Second is to strengthen facility connection. We should earnestly develop key channels, key joints and key projects of infrastructure in such fields as transportation, telecommunication and energy, improve hardware support for Asia-Europe industry cooperation in connectivity, and actively push international cooperation inproduction capacity. Third is to boost trade facilitation. We should build an open market for Asia-Europe economy and trade featuring balanced growth and integrated interests, deepen investment and trade cooperation and complement each other's advantages. Fourth is to intensify fund accommodation. We should innovate and improve existing investment and financing arrangements and strive to remove the bottleneck restricting Asia-Europe industry cooperation in connectivity. Fifth is to promote amity among the peoples. We should push exchanges and interactions in science, technology and intelligence between the two continents and encourage mutual opening-up in education, employment, tourism, human resources and other markets to cement the social foundation for Asia-Europe connectivity industry cooperation.

Zhang Gaoli noted that China is a member of the great Asia-Europe family and its development is closely linked with the overall development in Asia and Europe. The "Belt and Road" initiative put forward by China has gained positive responses from countries along the route and become a common aspiration accommodating interests and reflecting appeals of all parties. China is joining efforts with countries along the route to actively plan the six major economic corridors, namely, China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, New Eurasian Land Bridge, China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor, China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund will provide strong financial support for Asia-Europe connectivity industry cooperation. As the "Belt and Road" initiative and connectivity highly accommodate and support each other, Asia-Europe connectivity industry cooperation boasts a bright future.

The dialogue, under the theme of Advancing Asia-Europe Connectivity Through Innovation, was attended by leaders and representatives of numerous Asian and European countries. Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Chongqing Committee Sun Zhengcai attended the opening ceremony.

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