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Li Keqiang Sends Congratulatory Message to 3rd Local Leaders' Meeting of China and Central and Eastern European Countries

On June 17, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang sent a congratulatory message to the 3rd Local Leaders’ Meeting of China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries held in Tangshan, Hebei Province.

In his message, Li Keqiang stated that started from scratch, China-CEE cooperation mechanism has maintained gradual development with cooperation in all fields striding forward and shown exuberant vigor and vitality. Local cooperation, as the cooperation field which is most down-to-earth and benefits people’s livelihood most, boasts wide coverage and strong radiating capacity, plays an important role in supporting the “16+1 cooperation” and enjoys broad development prospect.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the Chinese government supports local governments to play a larger role in pushing the new round of high-level opening up, while encouraging provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities of China and CEE countries to give full play to their characteristics and advantages, enhance docking and participate comprehensively in the “16+1 cooperation” in production capacity, economy and trade, connectivity and other fields. It is hoped that all delegates attending the meeting could focus on development, innovate the ideas and fully tap potential to add new boosters to the sustainable development of the “16+1 cooperation”.

Present leaders of CEE countries, such as Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic and Deputy Prime Minister Petar Ivanović of Montenegro, expressed that important platforms such as the “16+1 cooperation” and the Local Leaders’ Meeting advocated by China have promoted political mutual trust between CEE countries and China, deepened enterprise cooperation, driven regional exchanges and brought tangible benefits to all peoples. CEE countries stand ready to maintain support and active participation in the “16+1” practical cooperation in all fields such as regional cooperation, energy, infrastructure, scientific and technological innovation, youth, universities and tourism and join hands to create a better life.

Vice Premier Ma Kai attended the opening ceremony.

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