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Chinese vice premier backs EU over crisis, calls for closer Sino-EU ties


08:33, May 04, 2012

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called on China and the European Union (EU) to treat each other with respect, deepen mutual understanding, and address differences through dialogues, so as to forge closer Sino-EU relations.

Europe is an important pillar of the international community, Li said while meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, adding that China has regarded the EU and Sino-EU ties as being of great strategic importance to the country and its diplomatic policies.

He called on both sides to deepen practical cooperation, enhance cultural and personnel exchanges, and reinforce and further promote the Sino-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

The vice premier said the current economic woes in Europe had exerted adverse effects on both China and the world as a whole. China trusted the EU member countries to have solid economic development foundation, enormous capacity for scientific and technological innovation, and sufficient wisdom to chart a way out of the debt crisis, he said.

He underlined that cooperation between China and the EU in the field of urbanization offered promising prospects for both sides. Urbanization was not only key to China's endeavor to expand domestic demands and boost future economic growth, but also served as an important opportunity for Europe to achieve economic recovery and development, he said.

For his part, Van Rompuy also said a prosperous and strong Europe and a stable and open China should further enhance cooperation with each other, and together face challenges in the world.

In a separate meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Li said a steady euro currency and a stable European economy were conducive to a steady economic growth of the world and could benefit China as well.

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