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Vice Premier Li Keqiang Meets with Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders

2012-05-02

On May 1, 2012, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders in Brussels.

Li said Sino-Belgian relations had witnessed vigorous development in recent years, as both sides continued to deepen mutual political trust, push ahead pragmatic cooperation and promote cultural and personnel exchanges. China appreciates the Belgian government's adherence to the one-China policy, Li said, adding that it was in the interests of both sides to further develop bilateral ties on the basis of mutual respect, mutual trust and equality. He said he hoped his visit would deepen understanding between the two countries, expand cooperation and lift Sino-Belgian relations to a new level.

He said China has made great achievements in its economic and social development since the launch of reform and opening up more than 30 years ago. China has found a development path suitable to its own national conditions and will stick to it. China will continue to reform and open up to the outside world, promote a coordinated development between the economy and society, adhere to the "people first" principle, and further improve people's livelihood.

Reynders said bilateral ties had enjoyed a sound growth momentum since both countries celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties last year. He said the Belgian government would continue to adhere to the one-China policy. He said the Belgian government hoped the country could become a gateway to Europe for China, expressing a welcome for more Chinese enterprises to invest in Belgium and deepen financial cooperation between the two countries. The Belgian government attached great importance to the role China played in the Group of 20 and other international organizations, and hoped to enhance exchange and coordination with China in global affairs, he said. Belgium is encouraged by China's reform and opening up and its modernization drive, which are consistent with the common interests of Belgium and the European Union.

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