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Third National Coordinators' Meeting for Cooperation Between China and Central and Eastern European Countries Held in Beijing

2014/05/13

On May 13, 2014, the third National Coordinators' Meeting for Cooperation Between China and the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) was held in Beijing. Representatives of the Secretariat's members, and the national coordinators, representatives and diplomatic envoys to China from the 16 Central and Eastern European countries jointly attended the Meeting.

Vice Foreign Minister and Secretary-General of the Secretariat Wang Chao presided over the Meeting. Wang Chao said that over the past five months since China-CEEC leaders' meeting in Bucharest, all parties have promptly materialized the fruits of the meeting, and cooperation in all fields has achieved positive effects. China and the 16 countries maintain high-level exchanges and political dialogues, with fruitful results in practical cooperation in fields such as economy and trade, and flourishing development of the people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China-CEEC cooperation maintains a continuous and strong development momentum.

Wang Chao pointed out that in the following stage, both sides shall continue to give play to the special and leading role of the high-level exchanges in cooperation, successfully hold relevant events within the framework of the "Year for the Promotion of Investment, Economy and Trade in China-CEEC Cooperation" and expand two-way investment and trade. Both sides shall focus on expanding cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, transportation and logistics, encourage the financial institutions to provide more effective support for the cooperation, and continuously push forward cooperation in fields such as people-to-people and cultural engagement as well as science and technology.

Wang Chao stressed that the Central and Eastern European countries are part of Europe, China-CEEC cooperation is inseparable from the China-Europe relations, and the two develop shoulder to shoulder. President Xi Jinping has paid a successful visit to Europe, and China and Europe have decided to be jointly devoted to forging a partnership of peace, growth, reform and civilization, which further clarifies the general direction of the cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries and also injects new energy into the cooperation. It is believed that under the overall background of an accelerated upgrading of the China-Europe relations, the cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries will surely have a brighter future.

Representatives from Secretariat members including the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and Ministry of Education, delivered speeches successively and reported respectively the cooperation situation in fields under their supervision and the work plan for the next stage.

The coordinators and representatives from the 16 Central and Eastern European countries positively appraised the follow-up implementation and progress since the China-CEEC Summit in Bucharest, and said that the cooperation between China and CEEC is the new supplement for the friendly bilateral cooperation and the new engine for the China-Europe relations. The 16 countries will actively participate in all the activities within the framework of the "Year for the Promotion of Investment, Economy and Trade in China-CEEC Cooperation" and hope to further expand the cooperation in mutual investment and trade, infrastructure, transportation and logistics, finance, agriculture, science and technology, energy, tourism, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other fields. They also support to set up cooperative associations in tourism and other fields, and hope to play their roles in the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and to promote the comprehensive and in-depth development of the cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries.

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