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Yang Jiechi Meets with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders of Belgium

On June 10, 2016 local time, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met in Brussels with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders of Belgium.

Yang Jiechi expressed that at present, China-Belgium relations enjoy strong momentum of development with close high-level exchanges, steadily improving political mutual trust and increasingly stronger economic and trade cooperation. President Xi Jinping and King Philippe have exchanged mutual visit, elevating bilateral relations to a new position of all-round friendly cooperative partnership. Premier Li Keqiang paid a successful visit to Belgium last year, during which both sides reached broad consensus on carrying out practical cooperation at a higher-level. China-Belgium relations enjoy a clear development direction and broad prospect.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that attaching great importance to developing China-Belgium relations, China stands ready to, together with Belgium, take the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity, stay on the development direction of bilateral relations, implement the consensus of both leaders, maintain high-level exchanges, enhance political mutual trust, strengthen cooperation in anti-terrorism, law enforcement and security, accelerate the transformation and upgrade of practical cooperation, cultivate new cooperation growth points in such fields as micro-electronics, aerospace, nuclear energy, biopharmacy and environmental protection, increase the intensity of investment and innovation cooperation, open up a new model of trilateral cooperation in infrastructure and other fields, and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as non-governmental friendly exchanges, so as to continuously promote China-Belgium relations to new levels.

Didier Reynders said that Belgium and China enjoy a sound relationship. King Philippe and President Xi Jinping have exchanged mutual visit, pushing the development of bilateral relations to an upsurge. Belgium adheres to the One-China policy, and looks forward to strengthening high-level exchanges with China, deepening cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, investment, aerospace, science and technology and carrying out more people-to-people and cultural exchanges projects. Belgium is willing to enhance cooperation with China and jointly cope with challenges posed by terrorism.

Both sides also exchanged views on the development of China-EU relations and international and regional topics of common interest.

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