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The 6th Round of China-EU High-level Strategic Dialogue Held in Brussels

On June 10, 2016 local time, the 6th round of China-EU high-level strategic dialogue was held at the EU headquarters in Brussels. State Councilor Yang Jiechi and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini co-chaired the dialogue.

Yang Jiechi stated that China regards the EU as a comprehensive strategic partner with mutual benefit and win-win results. Deepening China-EU relations not only conforms to the needs of respective economic and social development, but also is beneficial to world peace, stability as well as economic recovery and growth. During President Xi Jinping's visit to the EU headquarters in 2014, both sides decided to jointly forge China-EU four major partnerships of peace, growth, reform and civilization, demonstrating the comprehensiveness and strategic significance of China-EU relations and representing the epoch trend of peace and development.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that with steady progress in the construction of China-EU four major partnerships at present, both sides are committed to the full implementation of China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, and are carrying out increasingly extensive and in-depth communication and cooperation in politics, economy, people-to-people and cultural exchange, international affairs as well as other areas. China stands ready to, together with the EU, maintain high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic communication, and expand practical cooperation so as to jointly push forward the continuous and in-depth development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

Federica Mogherini expressed that China is an important cooperative partner of the EU. Both sides have conducted productive cooperation in a wide range of areas, bringing tangible benefit to the EU and China. The EU appreciates China's active and constructive role in coping with global and regional challenges. The EU and China should enhance strategic dialogue and policy coordination, which is conducive to promoting more results from bilateral cooperation in all areas and accelerating settlement of international and regional hotspot issues.

Both sides agreed that as important powers in world political and economic landscapes, China and the EU enjoy a large number of common interests. Both sides are dedicated to a path of peace, reform and development, and to the development of world civilization diversification. The two sides always view bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, and stick to well building the four major partnerships as well as contributing practical experience to the construction of the new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as the core.

Both sides agreed that China and the EU should well implement the consensus reached during the 17th China-EU Leaders' Meeting on strengthening the docking of both development strategies, deepen bilateral cooperation in areas including economic and trade investment, infrastructure connectivity, digitalization, legal affairs, and personnel exchange facilitation, expedite the negotiation progress on China-EU investment agreement, and inject more impetus in deepening bilateral cooperation on political security, scientific and technological innovation, blue economy, marine research, culture, tourism and other aspects. Both sides should strengthen coordination and make earnest preparation to ensure the success of the 18th China-EU Leaders' Meeting to be held in Beijing next month.

Both sides agreed that they will make concerted efforts with relevant parties to push for positive results from the G20 Hangzhou Summit, together build a world economy featuring innovation, vitality, interconnection and inclusiveness, and well carry out the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to promote robust, sustainable and balanced world economic growth.

Both sides exchanged in-depth views on the Iranian nuclear issue, the Syrian issue, the Iraqi issue, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and other international and regional issues, expressing commitment to advancing the political settlement of hotspot issues, and actively tackling such challenges as terrorism and the refugee issue for the sake of peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Both sides noted that they will seek to, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual trust, expand consensus through dialogues and consultations, well manage and control disputes in a bid to safeguard the big picture of China-EU relations.

After the dialogue, Yang Jiechi and Federica Mogherini jointly met the press.

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