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News letter Issue No. 27
2009/12/03

Issue No. 27

     December 3, 2009

H.E. Ambassador Song Zhe, Head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union, wrote an article on the Parliament Magazine on China-EU relation. To read the article, please go to http://www.chinamission.be/eng/jd/t630363.htm

The 12th China-EU summit was held in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province on November 30. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, European Commission President Barroso and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, co-chaired the one-day meeting. The two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations and major international affairs, and they agreed to deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership to face the global challenge.

Premier Wen expressed his congratulation on the Treaty of Lisbon, equivalent to the "EU's Constitution," for its upcoming taking into effect on Dec. 1 as scheduled. He also said he hopes the integration process could continuously make new progress and have a positive effect on the China-EU relations. He said China and the EU, as the largest developing country and the largest group of developed countries, should not only make joint efforts in coping with global financial crisis and overcoming the difficulties, but also should stand high and see far in shaping the future, in a bid to promote the establishment of a just and rational international political and economic new order.

He said the two sides should enhance mutual trust, and always be friends but not opponents, should take a cleat-cut stand against hegemony and promote a multipolar world and support multilateralism, should take development as the primary task and follow the path of mutual benefits, win-win results and common development, should respect each other's cultural tradition, social system and values with the spirit of openness, and achieve innovation and progress in learning from each other, should dedicate themselves to resolving the deep-seated structural problems in the international relations and promoting the world harmony and sustainable development.

He said the two sides should encourage and support mutual investment, enhance cooperation in such areas as intellectual property protection, facilitation of trade and investment and cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises. He called for properly handling trade frictions and abandoning trade protectionism.

He said that the two sides should expand cooperation in the fields of energy-saving, emissions cut, the development of renewable energy and the exploitation and utilization of clean coal and coalbed methane. He suggested next year, the two sides hold the first China-EU Cultural Summit Forum and the China-EU Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition and Symposium, and beef up exchanges among youth and cooperation among localities.

Premier Wen said China attaches great importance to the upcoming Copenhagen Conference and would like to work with various parties to push the conference in the right direction. All the countries should follow the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities", and adherence to the principle is crucial for the success of the upcoming Copenhagen conference on climate change. China hopes the EU could be a good example of developed countries in this regard, by massively cutting emissions.

Leaders from the two sides also witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on science and technology, energy saving and emissions cut, trade and investment and environmental treatment.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd L), European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (3rd R) and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (2nd R), whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, co-chair the 12th China-EU summit in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 30, 2009. The 12th China-EU summit began here Monday morning.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd L), European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (3rd R) and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (2nd R), whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, co-chair the 12th China-EU summit in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 30, 2009.

China and the European Union issued a joint statement issued on November 30, vowing to step up efforts to promote trade and investment and increase effective market access. To learn more about the joint statement, please go to http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/er/111567.pdf

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C), European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt pose for a group photo during the 12th China-EU summit in Nanjing, Nov. 30, 2009.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at the closing ceremony of the fifth China-European Union (EU) Business Summit on November 30. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt also attended the closing ceremony. The annual business summit, with the theme of "The Green Agenda: Sustaining Growth beyond the Recovery," focused on how to achieve a sustainable recovery from the global financial crisis, climate change as well as the development of China-EU trade relations. Running in parallel with the annual China-EU summit, the business summit is recognized as the highest-level platform for exchanges between Chinese and EU business leaders. To read the speech, please go to http://info.e-to-china.com/investment_guide/71324.html

                                                               

                                                                  Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C) attends the closing ceremony of the fifth China-EU Business Summit in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 30, 2009. Wen Jiabao delivered a speech at the ceremony. (Xinhua/Han Yuqing)

                                         Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends the closing ceremony of the fifth China-EU Business Summit in Nanjing, Nov. 30, 2009.

China will maintain the stability of its Renminbi (RMB) exchange rate all along, which does good for the world economic recovery, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming said on November 30 while he is attending a ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. China's exchange rate reform has continued smoothly, and the value of RMB has risen by some 20 percent against the U.S. dollar since 2005. Despite the impact of the global financial crisis and all kinds of other difficulties, the Chinese government has actively tried to boost domestic consumption and stimulate imports. According to the minister, China's foreign trade surplus is expected to drop by more than a third to 190 billion dollars this year from last year's 290 billion dollars. Chen also urged the world's major reserve currencies to remain stable. He said the continuous depreciation of these currencies had caused much difficulty for the world economy, and that the attempts to transfer the difficulty to other countries are unjustifiable.

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