(Yicai Global) April 19 -- China and the European Union will enhance their cooperation, including in the area of bilateral investment talks, jointly giving a signal on globalization and free trade to the international community, Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday when meeting the EU's most senior diplomat in Beijing.
As major forces in the world, the two should abide by the purposes and principles of the United Nation's charter and jointly deliver a positive signal to uphold regional stability and world peace, weather worldwide challenges, improve the global governance system and promote globalization and equitable free trade, so as to face the uncertainty in the global landscape underpinned by stable China-EU cooperation, Li said, according to the government's website.
He also stressed the complicated and changing international context amid rising backlash against globalization and protectionism.
Li pointed out that China attaches high importance to China-EU relations, firmly advocates European integration and expects unity, stability and prosperity of the EU. At the same time, China highly values the EU's commitment to assuming global responsibilities, and stands ready, together with the bloc in the spirit of mutual respect and equality, to push ahead practical cooperation over a wide range such as negotiation of bilateral investment agreements and free trade feasibility studies.
By properly handling differences through dialog, China-EU relations are expected to yield better results within the rule-based international framework, thus injecting vitality into world economic growth, he said.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, highlighted the important tasks the two sides bear in safeguarding global order, addressing global challenges including terrorism and climate change, as well as promoting world peace and development.
Mogherini said the EU places great emphasis on maintaining an international multilateral system and shouldering its due global responsibilities. The EU would like to strengthen cooperation and properly manage differences with China in a constructive manner, so that significant progress can be made in areas such as bilateral investment agreement talks. Also, she looks forward to sound results from this year's annual EU-China summit.