Chinese premier's Eurasian visit further deepens co-op: FM

10:06, October 10, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meets with representatives of business circles of Turkey in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 9, 2010. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's four-nation Eurasian tour has scored marked achievements and further deepened China-Europe cooperation, said Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who described the visit as "a great complete success."

Wen paid official visits to Greece, Belgium, Italy and Turkey and attended the 8th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the 13th China-EU summit in the eight days from Oct. 2-9.

Yang said Premier Wen's visit is aimed at boosting mutual trust through dialogues and promoting common development through cooperation.

During his eight-day visit, Wen took part in more than 70 meetings, events and activities and paid a brief visit to Berlin as a guest of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the midst of his stay in Brussels.

In addition to talking with leaders of the four countries and the European Union (EU), Wen also met with people from the local cultural, industrial and business circles and held joint press conferences or issued joint statements together with the leaders of the countries.

Premier Wen vividly presented China's policies and positions, trying different angles, Yang said, which had further improved bilateral relations between China and the four countries and deepened China-Europe ties in the new historic period.

Enhance mutual trust, China-EU relations

It is the key point of Wen's Eurasian visit to promote the development of China-EU relations, Yang said.

China and Greece have cherished long-standing friendly relations and witnessed sustainable development of all-round strategic partnership. During Wen's visit to Greece, the two countries issued the China-Greece Joint Declaration on Further Deepen Allround Strategic Partnership.

Greece suffered debt crisis before long. Wen announced China's decision to continue to hold and buy Greek bonds. He also voiced hopes for the two countries to double bilateral trade to 8 billion US dollars in five years.

In his speech at the Greek parliament, Wen said China would further expand China-Europe trade, especially in the sectors of shipping, economy and trade, construction and investment.

In the heart of Europe, Belgium houses the EU headquarters. The past few years have witnessed frequent visits by top leaders of China and Belgium as well as extensive expansion of cooperation in various sectors. During his visit to Belgium, Wen met with King Albert II and held talks with Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Both sides agreed to maintain sound channels on major issues within a multilateral mechanism and further develop bilateral trade. The two countries also signed documents on cooperation in nuclear energy, telecommunications, and quality control.

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