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New dynamic for China-EU ties (2)

By Jiang shixue (China Daily)

13:23, May 02, 2012

Third, the trip is conducive to the development of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. Iceland is the first West European country to recognize China's market economy status, and also the first European country to start free trade negotiations with China. During his visit to Iceland, the two countries signed agreements ranging from furthering Arctic cooperation to cooperation in marine and polar science and technology, as well as collaboration on geothermal energy and geosciences.

In recent years, cooperation between China and Sweden in the fields of trade, investment and environmental protection has grown dramatically. Sweden is China's eighth largest trade partner and third largest source of technology imports from the EU. China is Sweden's largest trade partner in Asia.

The bilateral relations between China and Poland have enjoyed sound development. Their pragmatic cooperation in all fields has grown rapidly since the establishment of strategic partnership between the two countries at the end of last year. Poland is the first country in Central and Eastern Europe whose annual trade volume with China exceeds $10 billion.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of China-Germany diplomatic relations. During his visit, Premier Wen and German Chancellor Merkel held talks and jointly attended the opening ceremonies of the Hannover Messe 2012 and China-Germany Business Summit.

Wen's visit consolidated the bilateral ties and further strengthened business exchanges between the two countries. It also broadened the bilateral practical cooperation in the fields of machinery manufacturing, energy conservation and environmental protection.

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