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China-EU ties getting more mature, profound: Chinese official

Updated: Jun 23,2016 7:18 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — A Foreign Ministry spokesperson on June 23 said the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership was maturing.

European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini on June 22 adopted a Joint Communication, which maps out the EU’s relationship with China for the next five years.

The Joint Communication identifies major opportunities for the EU-China relationship, in particular job creation, growth in Europe and greater opening up of the Chinese market to European business.

The Joint Communication also highlights opportunities for closer cooperation and partnership in the fields of foreign and security policy.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying noted that China-EU relationships have seen sound development in recent years, and both sides have enhanced pragmatic cooperation in various areas and cooperated more in international affairs.

It is reported Federica Mogherini said that, “The EU and China already cooperate on so much: we work together on the global and political issues of our times, such as Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, migration and climate change. But we can and must do more to connect the EU and China.”

China-EU partnership for peace, growth and reform provides a blueprint for China-EU ties in the future, Hua said, and she also reviewed the 17th China-EU leaders’ meeting last year.

Hua said China always regards relations with EU from a strategic and long-term perspective and is willing to promote bilateral ties based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and benefit.