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China, EU issue joint communique on stronger partnership

(Xinhua)

08:40, September 21, 2012

BRUSSELS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- China and the European Union (EU) issued here on Thursday a joint communique on a stronger comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides.

The official announcement was released at the 15th China-EU Summit, attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.

In the document titled "Towards a stronger China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership," leaders of the two sides reached understandings and consensus on a broad range of issues.

On the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, both sides were determined to continue to develop the partnership to further increase its strategic dimension and bring China-EU cooperation to a higher level.

As crucial actors in advancing peace, prosperity and stability, China and the EU would redouble their joint efforts to tackle global challenges such as the international financial and economic crisis, sustainable development, environmental protection, climate change, food and water security, energy security and nuclear safety, the communique said.

Reconfirming the important roles of the annual summit as well as the China-EU High Level Strategic Dialogue, High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and High Level People-to-people Dialogue, in guiding and advancing China-EU relations, they committed to further improving and strengthening these regular mechanisms.

Both sides emphasized the importance of accommodating each other's concerns for furthering the overall relationship by taking a strategic perspective. They agreed that, where differences remained, they should be discussed and handled in a spirit of mutual respect and equality.


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