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Ambassador Zhang Ming Visits the Headquarters of The European Parliament in Strasbourg

From 16 to 19 April, Ambassador Zhang Ming visited the headquarters of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the plenary sitting.

Ambassador Zhang attended and addressed the meeting of the Delegation for Relations with the People's Republic of China. Ambassador Zhang said that China will follow through on its commitment to reform, and further advance innovation. China's door of opening-up will not be closed, and will open even wider. China is firmly against unilateralism and protectionism, and rejects any WTO-incompatible action or any reckless attempt to wage a trade war. Ambassador Zhang said that China and the EU need to build greater mutual trust, foster broader cooperation and strengthen the multilateral system, with an aim to open up new prospects for China-EU cooperation. After the speech, Ambassador Zhang answered questions on China-EU relations, China's development, and so forth.

During the plenary sitting, Ambassador Zhang exchanged views with Vice President of the European Parliament Mr. Ioan Mircea Pascu, Chair of the INTA Committee Mr. Bernd Lange, members of the EU-China Friendship Group, among other MEPs. Ambassador Zhang said that China attaches great importance to the EU and China-EU relations, and supports the European integration process. China hopes to work with the EU to add more dimensions and strategic significance to China-EU relations, and counter the international uncertainties with stable China-EU relations. China stands ready to, on the basis of mutual respect, further promote the inter-parliamentary exchanges with the EU, with a view to advancing the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

MEPs said that the EU places importance on its relations with China. The EU values the policy consistency and predictability of China, and sees China as a reliable partner. The EU hopes to work with China to further enhance mutual trust and mutual understanding, advance cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, and promote exchanges between parliaments and political groups.

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