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Nwes letter Issue No 41

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek's visit to China On May 26, President Buzek met with Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. Wu told Buzek that China attaches great importance to developing ties with Europe, and considers China-Europe relations a priority in China's foreign policies. Buzek said China plays an increasingly important role at the global stage. The European Union highly values China's position, and he hopes to strengthen dialogues and cooperation between the European Parliament and the NPC to boost all-round relationship, Buzek added. More details are at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/27/c_13317654.htmOn May 27, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Xi Jinping respectively met with President Buzek to discuss the European debt crisis, economic ties and climate change. To read the report, please go to http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/27/c_13319805.htmOn May 25, the first-ever China-Europe High-Level Political Party Forum concluded in Beijing, reaching broad consensus on many major issues. It was agreed that both China and Europe should increase comprehensive strategic cooperation to cope with global challenges, and political parties from both sides could play an important and leading role in this cooperation. For more information, please visit http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/26/c_13315385.htm

And Political analysts said that holding high-level talks between European political parties and the Communist Party of China (CPC) had helped the CPC's understanding of the continent's political systems. The article is athttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/25/c_13315364.htm Other events between China and EU The 24th Session of China-EU Trade & Economic Joint Committee was held at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 21. Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming and European Commissioner for Trade De Gucht co-chaired the session. For full story please visit http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/aarticle/newsrelease/significantnews/201005/20100506930370.html In the joint press conference after the session, Chen told the reporters that China will continue to proceed with the reform of its currency yuan, or RMB, and keep its fiscal stimulus in place for now. Read the article at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/business/2010-05/22/c_13309053.htmOn May 17, Chinese President Hu Jintao greeted German President Horst Koehler and proposed stronger bilateral collaboration and joint efforts to tackle global challenges. Please visit here to read the article http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/17/c_13299602.htmOn May 21, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in Beijing. Hu said China would work closely with Sweden to lift bilateral ties to a new level. Hu also highlighted the smooth development of bilateral ties since the two countries established diplomatic relations 60 years ago. Sweden was the first western country to forge diplomatic ties with New China. For more details, please go to http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/21/c_13308987.htmOn May 29, Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen agreed in Beijing to boost cooperation, as the two nations celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. During her visit to China, companies from China and Finland signed twelve deals on clean technology with a total contract value of around 250 million U.S. dollars. The report is at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/29/c_13322364.htmOn May 27, China's foreign exchange regulator said Europe will remain one of its key investment markets, refuting a report saying China is reviewing its holdings of European bonds as "groundless." Read more at http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/27/c_13319533.htm China-US talks On May 24, China and the United States held the second round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogues (S&ED) in Beijing to discuss key issues including trade, investment, global economy recovery, and climate change. Addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese President Hu Jintao reaffirmed the importance of developing China-U.S. relations. He said sound bilateral ties contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. Hu called on the two sides to maintain close communication at the top and other levels and to develop a pattern of mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation. He also called for deepened mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples and enhanced coordination on key regional and global issues. The Chinese president expressed the hope both sides will respect the right of each and every country to independently choose its own development path. To read the report and other related articles, please go to http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-05/24/c_13311703.htm

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