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Premier: ‘16+1’ cooperation sees fruitful results

Updated: Nov 29,2017 4:27 AM

Premier Li Keqiang and government leaders from 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) participated in an event to mark the fifth anniversary of the launching of “16+1” cooperation on Nov 27 in Budapest, Hungary.

Addressing the event, Premier Li said the “16+1” cooperation in the past five years has yielded series of results. Based on mutual respect and equal treatment, the cooperation aims to promote the common development of China and the 16 countries and improve people’s well beings in these countries, said the Premier.

The bright future planned by both sides and the ongoing cooperation in various sectors will surely achieve greater results, said the Premier, adding that he hopes the friendship and cooperation between China and the CEEC will be more and more precious, just like wine with more bouquet as time goes by.

On Nov 27, the Premier also met with his counterparts from Central and Eastern European countries, including Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Premier Li exchanged ideas on bilateral ties and “16+1” cooperation with these government leaders.

They all agreed that Premier Li’s speech has injected new power to the “16+1” cooperation.

China and Central and Eastern European countries have profound friendships and are important cooperative partners. The European countries also expressed hopes of strengthening cooperation with China in economy, trade, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and interconnectivity in efforts to create a more prosperous future for bilateral ties and “16+1” cooperation.