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Ambassador Zhang Ming Meets with Vice President Jyrki Katainen of the European Commission

On 10 April, Ambassador Zhang Ming met with Vice President Jyrki Katainen of the European Commission.

Ambassador Zhang said that China places great importance on the EU and China-EU relations. In his speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a series of major measures for further opening-up, which will open up more possibilities for China-EU cooperation, especially in the area of economy and trade, and bring greater opportunities to enterprises in the EU and around the world. China and the EU are very much on the same page regarding the upholding of the multilateral trading system. China stands ready to work with the EU to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and to counter international uncertainties with a stable China-EU relationship.

Vice President Katainen said that we welcome the important announcements of President Xi Jinping in terms of improving market access, strengthening IPR protection and so on. This is very encouraging and is a very good basis for EU-China cooperation. Vice President Katainen said that despite some issues we are having now, there are more opportunities in our relationship, and that we can further deepen our cooperation in circular economy, finance and many other areas. The EU strictly respects WTO rules and the multilateral trading system, and will keep close communication with China on issues of mutual interest, including those in the field of trade.

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