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Li Keqiang Meets with President of the European Council Donald Tusk

On the morning of November 14, 2017 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Manila with President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

Li Keqiang expressed that both China and the European Union (EU) are important forces in maintaining world peace and stability and promoting economic development and prosperity. At the moment, China and the EU have respectively entered a new and critical phase of development. It is hoped that both sides will continuously uphold mutual respect and equal treatment, cooperate with each other while forging ahead together, well implement the consensus reached at the China-EU Leaders' Meeting, push forward the negotiations on China-EU investment agreement, and strengthen dialogues and exchanges in people-to-people and cultural engagement and other fields, so as to maintain the sound momentum in China-EU relations and cooperation.

Li Keqiang stressed that China and the EU should solve their long-standing problems with greater wisdom while deepening cooperation. It is hoped that the EU will fully fulfill its obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO), so as to make sure that relevant legislations accord with the WTO rules and support trade liberalization and investment facilitation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) is conducive to the comprehensive and balanced development of China-EU relations and to European integration as well. The China-CEEC cooperation adheres to an open and transparent principle, and China welcomes the EU's continuous participation.

Donald Tusk expressed that EU-China relations are rich in connotations and bilateral cooperation progresses smoothly. The EU is willing to carry out the consensus already reached by the two sides and further optimize bilateral economic and trade relations, enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and strengthen cooperation in regional and international affairs. The EU is pleased to see that China-CEEC cooperation could be conducive to the European integration process.

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

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