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Premier Li Keqiang stresses importance of EU ties

Updated: Jun 29,2015 8:00 PM

It has been 40 years since China and Europe established diplomatic ties, and they are each other’s important trade partners, Premier Li Keqiang said at a meeting with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in Brussels on June 29.

As the Greek debt crisis enters a critical period, it is not only a matter for Europe, but also concerns China-Europe relations and the world, he said. China always supports the European integration process and will be a responsible holder of European debt, he added. The Premier expressed the hope that the Greek problem is settled properly.

The Premier pointed out that the European Parliament plays an important role in European affairs and China-Europe relations. The two sides have decided to set up a dialogue mechanism for legal affairs, which can increase bilateral communication and understanding.

Schulz responded by saying that China-Europe relations are very important. China plays an important role in global issues such as promoting balanced development of the global economy, trade, regional security and climate change, he said. The European Parliament is willing to strengthen communication with China’s legislative institutions and make contributions to the development of closer bilateral ties, he added.