China, EU hold high-level di­a­logue on var­ied strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—China and the Euro­pean Union (EU) held their sixth high-level strate­gic di­a­logue Brus­sels Satur­day, with both sides pledg­ing to fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas.

The event was cochaired by vis­it­ing Chi­nese State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi and EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini.

China sees the EU as a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner for mu­tual ben­e­fit, Yang said, adding that deep­en­ing China-EU re­la­tions was not only in line with both de­mands on eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment, but also con­duc­tive to global peace, sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic re­cov­ery.

The two sides agreed to im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus reached by both lead­ers at the 17th China-EU Sum­mit held in June last year that en­hances syn­ergy be­tween their devel­op­ment strate­gies, and deep­ens co­op­er­a­tion on trade, in­vest­ment, in­fra­struc­ture con­nec­tiv­ity, dig­i­ti­za­tion, legal af­fairs, and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, Yang said.

They also agreed to ac­cel­er­ate ne­go­ti­a­tions on bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment agree­ments and to in­ject more vigor into co­op­er­a­tion on po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity, tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion, mar­itime econ­omy, ocean tech­nol­ogy, and cul­tural tourism, he added. The EU and China will en­hance co­or­di­na­tion and en­sure the suc­cess of the 18th China-EU Sum­mit sched­uled in Bei­jing next month, Yang said. As well, they agreed to join ef­forts with rel­e­vant par­ties to make the up­com­ing G20 Sum­mit pro­duce pos­i­tive out­come, he noted. Mogherini said China is a key co­op­er­a­tive part­ner of the EU and the two sides con­ducted fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion on a wide range of fields, bring­ing prag­matic ben­e­fit to both sides.

She praised China’s con­struc­tive role in cop­ing with global and re­gional chal­lenges, say­ing strength­ened EU-China dialogues and pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion would help gen­er­ate more co­op­er­a­tive out­comes and solve in­ter­na­tional and re­gional hot is­sues.

Yang also met with Deputy Bel­gian Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Di­dier Reyn­ders on Fri­day. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Yang said China would like to ad­vance co­op­er­a­tion with Bel­gium in such ar­eas as mi­cro-elec­tron­ics, aero­space, nu­clear en­ergy, bi­o­log­i­cal medicine and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion. Ear­lier on Thurs­day, Yang also met with Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker. He ex­pressed the will to work with the EU to ce­ment co­op­er­a­tion in pol­i­tics, trade and the peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes.

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