China, EU start economic, trade dialogue

April 25th, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 25 (Xinhua) Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and president of the European Union (EU)’s executive arm the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso Friday jointly announced the start of the Sino-EU high-level economic and trade dialogue. The two made the announcement at a press conference here following their meeting.

During his two-hour talk with Barroso, Wen said the Sino-EU high-level economic and trade dialogue would become an important platform to realize mutual benefit and joint success.

He said EU was China’s largest partner for economic, trade, scientific and technological cooperation, and that Sino-EU practical cooperation had brought about great benefits for both sides.

China and EU had established more than 40 dialogue and consultation channels in politics, economy, finance, technology, energy and education, among others.

Hailing the momentum of EU-China relations, Barroso said exchanges and cooperation between the two in fields of politics, economy, trade, and science and technology had been constructive.

Barroso is leading a large delegation of nine commissioners, one-third of the EU executive, including trade commissioner Peter Mandelson, for discussions on topics ranging from intellectual property protection to climate change in a bid to strengthen the China-European partnership.

EU deals with China from a strategic and long-term perspective and hopes to discuss frankly on bilateral and international issues on a basis of mutual respect so as to promote understanding and trust, Barroso said.

Wen and Barroso agreed to expand economic and trade cooperation between the two sides and jointly promote the Doha round of talks process, and to continue to promote the Sino-EU comprehensive strategic partnership and maintain high-level contacts and consultations at various levels.

Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo also met the EU commissioners Friday, exchanging views on current EU-China relations and issues of common concern.

Dai met EU commissioner on external relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and commissioner on development and humanitarian aid Louis Michel here.

The commissioners reaffirmed EU’s support to the one-China policy and respect to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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