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Li Keqiang Jointly Chairs 18th China-EU Summit with President Donald Tusk of the European Council and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission
2016/07/12

On the afternoon of July 12, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang jointly chaired the 18th China-EU Summit with President Donald Tusk of the European Council and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission at the Great Hall of the People.

Li Keqiang expressed that at present, the world political and economic situations are complicated and changeable. As two major powers safeguarding world peace and development, China and the EU have maintained close communication and sound cooperation, sending a positive signal to the world. China firmly supports the European integration process and hopes to see a prosperous and stable EU. We believe that the development of the EU will not stagnate. China is willing to consolidate political mutual trust with the EU, implement already reached cooperation consensus, well plan priorities of cooperation in the next stage, constantly enrich the connotation of China-EU relations, increase the well-being of the two peoples and promote world peace and prosperity.

Li Keqiang spoke positively of the positive progress achieved in China-EU practical cooperation over the past year since the 17th China-EU Summit and expressed that China is ready to make joint effort with the EU to strive for a high-level China-EU investment agreement at an early date and a feasibility study on free trade, so as to improve the level of liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment. China stands ready to, on the basis of the construction of China-EU connectivity platform, expand infrastructure cooperation and enhance cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe and Southern Europe to promote a balanced development of Europe. China is willing to actively expand digitalization cooperation and strategic docking, carry out cooperation in 5G and other areas and promote to form a unified global standard. China also stands ready to enhance cooperation in innovation, research and development, network security and other areas with the EU, discuss to conduct trilateral cooperation in Africa and other areas and boost cooperation in marine area as well as facilitation of personnel exchanges centering on 2017 China-EU Blue Year, 2018 China-EU Tourism Year as well as other activities.

Li Keqiang stressed that China-EU practical cooperation enjoys mutual benefit and win-win results. It is the EU's obligation in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to terminate "surrogate countries" approach in anti-dumping investigations against China as scheduled, which is not dependent on domestic standards of any EU member states and should not be linked to other issues. When carrying out cooperation, both sides should abide by international rules, keep their promises and properly resolve other emerging problems through dialogue, negotiation and coordination.

Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker expressed condolences and sympathies to the Chinese UN peacekeeper killed in South Sudan a few days ago. They said that as two major economies in the world, the EU and China should build a sound and stable cooperation, which is of great significance in realizing a stable growth of world economy and dealing with common global challenges. EU-China cooperation has yielded positive results in the past year. The EU side is willing to, together with China, strengthen dialogue and consultation, deepen cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, innovation, research and development as well as connectivity and push for progress from bilateral investment agreement negotiation. The EU is also ready to intensify coordination and cooperation within multilateral frameworks such as the G20 with China and continuously boost the development of EU-China comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to jointly make contribution to world peace and prosperity. The EU stands ready to make efforts to carry out its obligations in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the WTO.

Li Keqiang thanked the EU's condolences and sympathies to the Chinese UN peacekeeper killed in South Sudan.

When talking about the South China Sea issue, Li Keqiang expressed that the Chinese government does not accept nor recognize the so-called "award" of the South China Sea arbitration case unilaterally initiated by the Philippines. This is a move to safeguard the international law. As a country directly concerned, China is most concerned about and committed to safeguarding peace and stability in the South China Sea region. China will continue to peacefully resolve relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation according to regulations in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the international law. It is hoped that the EU could adhere to an objective and neutral stance on this issue.

Both sides also exchanged views on climate change, global development and other topics of common interest.

After the meeting, leaders of China and the EU jointly witnessed the signing of relevant cooperation documents between the two sides.

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