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Vice Premier Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo

2012-05-03

On May 2, 2012, visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo in Egmont Palace, Brussels.

Li first conveyed Premier Wen Jiabao's cordial greetings to Elio Di Rupo. Li said Belgium is located in the heart of Europe. He said relations between China and Belgium had seen vigorous development in recent years, adding that China hoped Belgium could serve as a long-term partner for cooperation, and as a "bridgehead" for China to expand Sino-EU collaborations. He urged both sides to further deepen bilateral ties through pragmatic cooperation. Both sides should also treat each other with political mutual respect and equality, achieve common economic prosperity through taking full advantage of their respective mutually beneficial and complementary advantages, learn from each other and expand cultural communication. Trade and humanities cooperation, as a two-wheel drive, will better advance bilateral ties.

Li noted Belgium's advantages in scientific and technological innovation and human resources, as well as China's robust demands in the fields of new energy, biotechnology, energy conservation, environmental protection and new materials. Belgium was the first country in the European Union to export technologies to China, Li said, urging Belgium to explore the Chinese market and take more flexible and open steps in efforts to transfer high technologies to China. China is committed to pushing forward coordinated economic and social development, he said, pledging to create a fair, reasonable and predictable law and policy environment for Belgian companies investing in China, so as to facilitate cooperation between Chinese and Belgian enterprises.

Di Rupo said that over the past 30 years, China has made great achievements, adding his country hopes to see greater development and opening up of China, which is consistent with the common interests of China and the rest of the world. Belgium appreciates China's efforts to enhance the quality of economic development and promote the building of the legal system. Belgium is willing to actively promote cooperative relations with China on the basis of mutual respect. The two sides should tap the trade, economic, scientific and technological potential for cooperation and expand humanities exchanges. Belgium and China are both committed to building a multi-polar world of peace and prosperity, he said, hoping to improve collaboration and coordination with China in global affairs.

Prior to the meeting, the two also held small-range talks on issues of common concern.

Following the meeting, the two attended a signing ceremony of cooperation agreements on inspection and quarantine and the establishment of a mirror fund.

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