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Premier Li arrives in Brussels for official visit, China-EU leaders’ meeting

Updated: Jun 2,2017 2:00 AM

Invited by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Brussels on June 1, to start his official visit to Belgium and attend the 19th China-EU leaders’ meeting.

At the airport where a military honor guard stood along a red carpet and buglers blew the call to salute, Premier Li was welcomed by senior officials from the European Union, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU Yang Yanyi, and Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Qu Xing.

Premier Li said that China and the European Union are contributors and beneficiaries in the process of world multi-polarization and economic globalization.

Under the current situation, China and the EU should respond to the uncertainty of the international situation with stability of their cooperation, said Premier Li.

“I hope the visit can jointly push forward the stable and in-depth development of China-EU relations, and enhance the bilateral confidence towards stability, cooperation and development,”, the Premier added.

This year marks the 46th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Belgium. Bilateral relations and pragmatic cooperation have long been at the forefront of China and European countries.

“China is ready to work together with Belgium to promote the all-round friendly and cooperative partnership of the two countries to achieve more development and better benefit for the two peoples,” said the Premier.

During his stay in Brussels, Premier Li will co-chair the 19th China-EU leaders’ meeting in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Premier will also meet the press and attend the EU-China Business Summit with European leaders.

During his visit in the country, Premier Li will hold talks with Michel, attend an agreement signing ceremony, visit cooperation projects and meet Belgium King Philippe.

The Premier arrived in Brussels after successfully concluding his official visit to Germany and the annual prime minister meeting with the German chancellor.

German senior officials and Chinese Ambassador to Germany Shi Mingde saw off Premier Li at the airport in Berlin.