Chinese premier calls for healthy growth of China-Europe ties, describes EU an independent pole of the world

08:32, June 29, 2011      

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Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday called for a mature, stable and healthy development of China's ties with Europe and described the European Union (EU) as an independent pole of the world.

"In terms of the respective place of China and Europe in the world, both are important and rising forces," Wen said in a speech at the sixth Chinese-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation in Berlin.

"The EU is the largest group of developed countries, and an independent pole of the world," he said, adding that "China places great importance on growing its relations with the EU."

Politically, there are neither conflicts of fundamental interests nor outstanding issues left from the past between China and the EU, he said. "This is an important basis for fostering China-EU friendship and cooperation."

Economically, China and the EU are at different stages of development, with much to offer each other, and a growing China-EU relations thus serve the interests of both sides, he said.

On cultural exchanges, Wen said both the Chinese and European cultures have "distinctive features." "There is a lot we can learn from each other."

China and Europe should adhere to the principles of mutual respect, mutual trust, consultation on an equal basis, and mutual benefit, he said.

Wen, who is on a visit to Germany, said Germany plays an important role in enhancing EU freindship and cooperation with China. "The sound China-EU relationship today owes much to efforts made by Germany," Wen said.

Germany is the last leg of Wen's current three-nation European tour, which has already taken him to Hungary and Britain.

Source: Xinhua
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