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Premier Li wraps up first foreign tour

Updated: May 28,2013 11:23 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING -- With his visit to Germany coming to an end, Premier Li Keqiang is wrapping up his four-nation tour. He will return to China on May 27. His first week-long overseas trip since taking office in March has taken him to India, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany. Premier Li started his tour in India, and hailed the friendship between the two countries as one of the most important in the world.

On border issues, Li said there are far more interests than differences between the two neighbours. He urged that peace be maintained in the border areas. In Pakistan, Li said China will continue to pursue a friendly policy towards the country, and support its stability and development. The two sides also pledged to pursue the establishment of an “economic land corridor”, linking northwest China to Pakistan’s Gwadar port.

Li then continued his tour to Switzerland, a country that has agreed on a free trade pact with China. The two countries also agreed on establishing a financial dialogue mechanism. Premier Li’s last destination is Germany. The two sides have signed a series of documents, regarding cooperation in the manufacturing, investment, urbanization and finance. Li has also repeatedly expressed concern over the EU’s decision to impose duties on imported Chinese products.