Home > China News
Li Keqiang Holds Talks with President Donald Tusk of the European Council and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission
2016/07/13

On the morning of July 13, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Great Hall of the People with President Donald Tusk of the European Council and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission.

Both sides spoke positively of the development of China-EU relations, stressing to focus on the big picture, enhance mutual learning and understanding through strengthening communication and consultation and stick to properly resolving frictions and differences through dialogues, so as to push for the sustained, healthy and stable development of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

Both sides mainly exchanged in-depth views on the construction of the European integration, China-EU economic and trade relations, EU's fulfillment of its obligation in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international and regional topics of common interests.

Li Keqiang expressed that China firmly supports the European integration process as always and is pleased to see a prosperous and stable EU. It is believed that the EU can achieve new development though reform, which also conforms to the common interest of China and the EU. China is willing to join hands with the EU to make unremitting efforts to safeguard world peace and stability and promote common development and prosperity.

Li Keqiang pointed out that at present, world economy and global trade are undergoing sluggish growth and commodities are facing sinking price and weak demands. Overcapacity is also a global issue requiring joint efforts of all sides. As the world's largest trading country of goods and major importer of raw material, China will continue to steadily cut down and phase out backward production capacity to promote economic transformation and upgrade. Meanwhile, China will expand domestic needs during the process of boosting the new-type of industrialization and urbanization. It is hoped that all countries can take on an objective and rational perspective and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues. China is willing to establish special mechanisms with the EU to deeply discuss steel and iron trade issues and hopes the EU to obey the rules and agreements reached by the two sides, honor its promises and carry out its obligation in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the WTO as scheduled.

Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker expressed that EU-China relations are showing increasing global, strategic and mature features. The EU pays attention to strategic communication and practical cooperation with China. Overcapacity in steel and iron industry is a global issue and Europe had similar experience in history. The EU appreciates China's effective measures to cut down overcapacity and is willing to seek solutions with China in friendly and constructive manners. The EU will honor its promises and earnestly discuss the fulfillment of its obligation in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the WTO in due courses.

Suggest to a friend:   
Print