Chinese premier arrives in Brussels for series of meetings

09:07, October 05, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Brussels on Monday for a series of meetings and also for an official visit to Belgium.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) arrives in Brussels, capital of Belgium, for an official visit, on Oct. 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

During his three-day stay in Brussels, Wen is scheduled to attend the eighth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the 13th China-European Union (EU) summit. He will also attend the opening ceremony of the sixth China-EU Business Summit and a high-level China-EU cultural forum.

Wen flew in from Greece, the first stop of his four-nation tour which will also take him to Italy and Turkey.

Addressing the Greek parliament, Wen elaborated on China's stance on China-EU ties, saying China is committed to advancing China-EU relations, which is not an expedient but a long-term strategic policy.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) receives flowers upon his arrival in Brussels, capital of Belgium, for an official visit, on Oct. 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

He vowed to boost cooperation with the EU in the face of the global financial crisis, saying China will not reduce its euro-bond holdings and that China supports a stable euro.

The Chinese premier also urged the EU to recognize China's full market economy status as soon as possible, ease restrictions on high-tech exports to China and reject trade protectionism "so as to foster an environment conducive to the healthy growth of our trade."

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C) is welcomed by Belgian officials upon his arrival in Brussels, capital of Belgium, for an official visit, on Oct. 4, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said earlier that Wen was expected to put forward a package of initiatives at the ASEM summit.

Source: Xinhua


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