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Premier sends congratulations on 40 years of China-EU ties

Updated: May 6,2015 9:08 AM

Premier Li Keqiang exchanged congratulatory telegrams on May 6 with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the European Union.

Premier Li said in his telegram that since the establishment of China-EU ties, both sides have maintained dialogue and cooperation, tackled global challenges together, and handed differences and conflicts, thus promoting regional and world peace and prosperity.

The Premier also said that China is a firm supporter of the European integration process, and is thus ready to further enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership.

He added that he hopes to co-chair the 17th China-EU leaders’ meeting this year with Tusk and Juncker, with the aim of giving new impetus to all-round cooperation.

The EU leaders said in their telegram that the EU and China have achieved fruitful results in cooperation in trade, investment, diplomacy, environmental protection and cultural exchanges, laying a solid foundation for the future development of bilateral relations.

They also said they look forward to exchanging views with Premier Li during the 17th China-EU leaders’ meeting, with the aim of further implementing the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation.