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Ambassador Zhang Ming Meets with Commissioner Neven Mimica For International Cooperation and Development

On 26 March 2018, Ambassador Zhang Ming met with Commissioner Neven Mimica for International Cooperation and Development.

Commissioner Mimica welcomed Ambassador Zhang to take the new role and commended China for its important role in global development. Commissioner Mimica said that the EU and China are both major actors in the area of international development cooperation. The EU hopes to enhance cooperation with China to jointly deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Ambassador Zhang briefed Commissioner Mimica on the annual sessions of China’s National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, stressing the importance of the sessions to China and China-EU cooperation. The restructuring of the State Council, especially the establishment of the state international development cooperation agency, will help better coordinate China’s efforts in the field of international development cooperation and further advance China-EU cooperation in this regard.

Ambassador Zhang said that China places great importance on its comprehensive strategic partnership with the EU and stands ready to work with the EU to enrich cooperation. While promoting its own development, China has offered a great amount of assistance to other developing countries in the framework of South-South cooperation, which has been widely recognized by the recipient countries. China hopes to see new progress in its cooperation with the EU in the area of development.

Commissioner Mimica thanked Ambassador for the briefing. He expressed welcome to the establishment of the international development agency, and hopes to strengthen exchanges with China on development cooperation.

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