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Liu Yandong Meets with Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen

On November 24, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, who was attending the 7th Hamburg Summit in Germany, met with Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen.

Liu Yandong expressed that China attaches high importance to developing relations with the EU, supports the European integration construction and commits to jointly forging the four major partnerships featuring peace, growth, reform and civilization with the EU side, so as to continuously enrich the connotation of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. Under the current complicated international political, economic and security situation, China and the EU, as two major powers in the world, should actively cooperate in improving global governance and dealing with global challenges, which is of great significance. Both sides should jointly promote the docking between the "Belt and Road" initiative and the EU's Investment Plan for Europe, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in a wide range of areas including economy, trade, investment and connectivity, and further enhance communication and cooperation in people-to-people and cultural fields such as education, culture, science, technology, media, youth and women. Both sides should jointly oppose trade protectionism, and safeguard a fair and just international trade system. It is hoped that the EU can fulfill its relevant international obligations in the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization as scheduled, and create a better environment for both sides to deepen investment cooperation.

Jyrki Katainen expressed that the EU is delighted to see that EU-China relations have maintained a sound and close development momentum. At present, the world faces increasing uncertain factors. Both sides need to strengthen confidence and maintain cooperation, which not only is conducive to respective development, but will stabilize the world economy. The EU supports to further enhance bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and will vigorously oppose trade protectionism, so as to boost trade liberalization and facilitation.

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