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Premier meets with top EU official

Updated: May 6,2015 7:09 PM     english.gov.cn

Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and vice-president of the European Commission in Beijing, May 6, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang met EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini in Beijing on May 6.

The Premier praised the progress made in China-EU relations since the two established bilateral ties 40 years ago, stressing that a well-managed bilateral relationship between China and the EU will have a positive impact on regional and global peace and stability.

Premier Li said he hopes the two sides take advantage of established mechanisms such as the high-level strategic dialogue to improve mutual trust and understanding, expand cooperation in all sectors and promote better bilateral ties.

Pointing out China’s aim of ensuring stable economic growth through reforms and opening-up and the EU’s investment plan, he said their goals can be integrated under a win-win strategy for further cooperation and better development.

Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and vice-president of the European Commission in Beijing, May 6, 2015.[Photo/China News Service]

The Premier said China is willing to push forward talks on a bilateral investment treaty built around pre-establishment national treatment and a negative list. That will lead to a closer trading and investment partnership against protectionism, contribute to economic growth and tackle challenges caused by global recession.

China and the EU should also strengthen communication on climate change and work out a sustainable approach to tackle the issue, he added.

Mogherini said she is glad to visit China on the 40th anniversary of EU-China relations, and the two should take the opportunity to explore more economic and cultural exchanges.

She said the EU pays close attention to China’s reform and opening-up efforts and is looking forward to Li’s visit to attend the 17th EU-China Summit to boost mutual investment and the economies. She said the EU and China have shared interests and the two sides should cooperate on global challenges, including climate change.

The two also exchanged opinions on other international and regional issues.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi also attended the meeting.

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