Euro­pean En­trepreneurs, Media Ap­plaud Chi­nese Premier's Visit

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Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang's five- day Europe visit has drawn warm ap­plause from Euro­pean en­trepreneurs and media. They com­mented that the June 28-July 2 trip, dur­ing which Li at­tended the 17th China-EU lead­ers' meet­ing and met with Bel­gian lead­ers in Brus­sels and paid a visit to France, con­trib­utes to deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the EU. Markus J. Beyrer, di­rec­tor gen­eral of Busi­nessEurope, a lead­ing busi­ness lobby group on the con­ti­nent, said he was very much im­pressed by Li's speech at the China-EU busi­ness sum­mit be­cause "there is a very clear mes­sage es­pe­cially on co­op­er­a­tion in in­vest­ment." "I think this is an op­por­tu­nity for co­op­er­a­tion and we should build on this," Beyrer said, in­di­cat­ing that the sum­mit has laid a good foun­da­tion for strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture. Har­ald Lux, chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors of the Ger­man- Chi­nese Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, said Li's speech will in­ten­sify eco­nomic re­la­tions be­tween the EU and China, es­pe­cially their co­op­er­a­tion in in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment, and will pro­mote trade be­tween the two sides. "I am very con­fi­dent that the good part­ner­ship and busi­ness re­la­tion­ship ( be­tween the EU and China) will con­tinue to im­prove," Lux said. Luigi Gambardella, ex­ec­u­tive chair of the Euro­pean Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Net­work, said that en­hanc­ing EU- China co­op­er­a­tion in science and tech­nol­ogy as men­tioned by Li is very im­por­tant. He said he hopes that the two sides will broaden co­op­er­a­tion in such ar­eas as smart tech­nol­ogy and big data, and build an im­por­tant foun­da­tion for the econ­omy in the fu­ture. Dur­ing Li's France visit, the two coun­tries signed more than 50 agree­ments, in­di­cat­ing that the eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship is "at its best level in history," an AFP re­port said. Li wrapped up his France tour in the south­ern city of Toulouse, where he and French Prime Min­is­ter Manuel Valls at­tended a busi­ness sum­mit. Li also vis­ited the Air­bus head­quar­ters in the city. "I re­peat once again, Chi­nese in­vestors are welcome in France," Valls was quoted by the re­port as say­ing. In his meet­ing with French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande on Tues­day, Li an­nounced that Bei­jing has for­mu­lated a doc­u­ment about its vol­un­tary ac­tions on cut­ting emis­sions and sub­mit­ted it to the UN Cli­mate Change Sec­re­tar­iat. Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished by French daily Les Echos, Hol­lande said the move shows "China's com­mit­ment to build­ing an eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion." Another French news­pa­per, Le Monde, said in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on its web­site that France in­tends to join hands with China in seek­ing co­op­er­a­tion in Africa. "Hav­ing strong cul­tural, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic ties with the African con­ti­nent, Paris hopes to pro­mote com­ple­men­tar­ity with China," the ar­ti­cle said, adding that some French en­ter­prises have co­op­er­ated with Chi­nese part­ners.

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