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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 14:20
Li: China, EU need 'greater wisdom' to solve old problems
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 14:20 By Xinhua

China's Premier Li Keqiang looks on during a special gala celebration dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila on Nov 12, 2017. Li said on Nov 14, 2017 China and the European Union (EU) should strive to solve their old problems with greater wisdom. (ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA / POOL / AFP)

MANILA -- China and the European Union (EU) should strive to solve their old problems with greater wisdom, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Tuesday. 

China and the EU should also push forward their negotiations for an investment agreement and enhance people-to-people exchanges 

Li Keqiang, 

Chinese premier

Li made the remarks when meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk on the sidelines of a series of leaders' meetings on East Asian cooperation in the Philippine capital of Manila. 

China and the EU are an important force for safeguarding world peace and stability and for promoting economic development and prosperity, Li said. 

Noting that both China and the EU have seen their development entering a new phase, Li urged the two sides to maintain the current bilateral relations by substantiating their consensus reached at the China-EU leaders' meeting on the basis of mutual respect.  

Li said the two sides should also push forward their negotiations for an investment agreement and enhance people-to-people exchanges. 

China and the EU, Li said, should strive to solve their long-standing problems with "greater wisdom." 

The Chinese premier urged the EU to fulfill its obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), so as to make sure that relevant legislations accord with the WTO rules. Li also called on the EU to show its support for trade liberalization and investment facilitation. 

According to Article 15, WTO members should have stopped using the surrogate country approach to conduct anti-dumping investigations on China by Dec 11, 2016. 

Meanwhile, Li noted that the cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries is conducive to the comprehensive and balanced development of China-EU relations and to the process of Europe's integration as well. 

The China-CEE cooperation framework, known as the "16+1," is a platform created in April 2012 by China and 16 CEE countries. 

Li told Tusk that the China-CEE cooperation is open and transparent, and that China welcomes the EU's continuous participation. 

Lauding the smooth progress made by the EU and China in their cooperation, Tusk said the bloc is willing to carry out the consensus reached by the two sides and optimize its economic and trade ties with China. 

He added that the EU will also enhance people-to-people exchanges with China and strengthen cooperation on regional and international affairs. 

The EU, Tusk said, is pleased to see that the China-CEE cooperation could be conducive to the European integration process. 

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern. 

Li arrived in the Philippines on Sunday to pay an official visit to the country and attend the leaders' meetings on East Asian cooperation. 

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) walks with China's Premier Li Keqiang (left) and officials along the Sydney Harbour foreshore in Sydney on March 25, 2017. (DAVID GRAY / POOL / AFP)

China, Australia pledge to work for fairer, better trade

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday also pledged to work with Australia to promote fairer and better trade for economic globalization. 

"On the basis of adhering to free trade, China is willing to work with Australia to further unleash the dividends of free trade agreements, further expand the scope of opening-up in trade and investment, and jointly promote fairer and better trade for the development of economic globalization," Li said during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the series of leaders' meeting on East Asian cooperation in Manila.  

"Only when you uphold free trade, can you have fair trade," Li said. 

Li also called on both sides to strengthen communication and coordination, and beef up exchanges and cooperation. 

Turnbull said both Australia and China support free trade and thus the two countries should strengthen free trade and promote trade development. He also said said Australia stands ready to strengthen ties with China in areas of economy and trade, e-commerce, and law-enforcement.   

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