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Full text of Joint Press Communique of the 14th China-EU Summit


09:29, February 15, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Leaders from China and the European Union (EU) concluded their 14th summit with a joint press communique on Tuesday. Following is the full text of the document.

Joint Press Communique of the 14th China-EU Summit

Beijing, 14 February 2012

The fourteenth China-EU Summit was held in Beijing on 14th February 2012. Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People's Republic of China attended the meeting on behalf of China. The European Union was represented by Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

1. Summit leaders applauded the important progress achieved in the development of China-EU relations in all fields and agreed that their comprehensive strategic partnership has grown both in width and in depth. They shared the view that, in an ever changing and increasingly inter-dependent world where their interests become more closely intertwined, they should strengthen their interaction and cooperation to better meet the opportunities and challenges in the new bilateral, multilateral and global framework. This strategic cooperation will not only boost their sustainable economic and social development, but will also help address the common challenges the world faces. The China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is entering a new important stage of development. The two sides expressed the determination to set a good example for international cooperation in the 21st century, fully contributing to the cause of making this century one of peace, cooperation and development.

2. Both sides agreed to take a positive view of each other's development and render relevant support. China reaffirmed its continued support for the EU integration process. The EU side noted the sustained, steady and rapid growth of the Chinese economy as well as its important contribution to the global growth and reaffirmed its support for China's peaceful development and respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

3. The two sides agreed that China and the EU share broad common interests, and where differences remain these should be discussed and handled in a spirit of mutual respect and equality. Both sides recognized the importance of accommodating each other's concerns for furthering the overall relationship taking a strategic perspective.

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