China calls for closer ties with Europe
Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Liu Yunshan met with a group of European politicians, calling for closer ties between China and Europe. “The Chinese party and government attaches great importance to the China-Europe relationship, regarding Europe as an important power in today’s world,” Mr Liu told his guests, who were in Beijing to attend the Fifth China-Europe High-Level Political Parties Forum. Mr Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, briefed the Europeans on China’s new development concepts -- innovation, coordination, care for the environment, opening up and sharing, noting that the Belt and Road regional infrastructure and trade initiative is based on openness, inclusiveness and practicality. The development strategies of China and Europe are compatible with each other and the two sides enjoy great potential for co-operation, said the official. Also a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, Mr Liu said the Chinese side stands ready to work with the European parties on the basis of mutual respect and equality to make use of the forum.