Chinese premier arrives in Bucharest for visit, summit with CEE leaders

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) is greeted by Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta

upon his arrival in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday of November 25, 2013. Li arrived

herefor an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of Central and Eastern

European (CEE) countries.   Photos by Li Xueren

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) is presented bread and salt by Romanian youths upon

his arrival in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Li Xueren

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta inspect

the Romanian guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony upon Li’s arrival

in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Yao Dawei

 

 

 

Chinese premier arrives

in Bucharest for visit,

summit with CEE leaders

 

By Meng Na

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Bucharest on Monday of November 25 for an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

During the visit, Li will hold talks with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, and meet Romanian President Traian Basescu, President of the Senate Crin Antonescu and President of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea. He will also deliver a speech at the Romanian parliament.

Li will visit a Chinese enterprise based in Romania and make extensive contacts with people of all walks of life so as to promote China-Romania relations and bilateral cooperation.

It is the first visit by a Chinese premier to Romania in 19 years and also Li’s maiden trip to Central and Eastern Europe since he took office in March.

He will also attend the China-CEE leaders’ meeting in Bucharest.

At the airport, Romanian youths presented bread and salt to the Chinese premier according to local traditions of greeting distinguished guests.

National anthems of both countries were played at the welcome ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Ponta, and Li inspected the Romanian guard of honor together with Ponta.

It is the first time that Romania staged a welcome ceremony at the airport for a foreign guest in 20 years.

Li will also carry out a string of multilateral and bilateral activities with his counterparts from 16 CEE countries, including a round-table leaders’ meeting and a trade forum.

He will address the opening ceremony of the Third China-CEE Economic and Trade Forum.

China and Romania have conducted multi-faceted cooperation. Two-way trade reached 3.27 billion U.S. dollars during the first 10 months this year, in comparison with less than 300 million dollars for the annual total of 2000. China’s current total investment in Romania tops 160 million dollars.

Trade between China and the 16 CEE countries amounted to 45.4 billion dollars during the first 10 months this year. Currently, Chinese companies’ investment in CEE countries has exceeded 3.5 billion dollars, and investment in the opposite direction has topped 1.1 billion dollars.

The 16 CEE countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

After visiting Romania, Li will travel to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent for the 12th prime ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (4th from right) holds talks with his Romanian counterpart

Victor Ponta (4th from left) in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25.   Photo by Pang Xinglei

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) holds talks with his Romanian counterpart Victor

Ponta in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Pang Xinglei

 

 

 

 

Li calls for multi-pronged efforts 

to advance China-Romania 

friendship, cooperation

 

By Deng Yushan

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang proposed in Bucharest on Monday of November 25 that his country and Romania make concerted efforts on multiple tracks to further deepen their friendly ties and practical cooperation.

The China-Romania relationship has been developing smoothly since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1949, despite the profound changes in the international situation, Li said during talks with his Romanian counterpart, Victor Ponta.

As the coming year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the China-Romania comprehensive, friendly and cooperative partnership, Beijing hopes that the two sides seize the moment to further promote their friendship and cooperation, Li added.

Noting that the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee earlier this month reaffirmed the party’s commitment to deepening reform and expanding the scope of China’s opening-up, Li said the development of China-Romania relations is now blessed with new opportunities.

First, the two countries need to expand their energy cooperation — which accords with the needs of both countries — and properly carry out relevant bilateral deals, proposed the premier.

Second, the two sides should expand cooperation in the construction of railway and other infrastructure, Li added, urging the two sides to combine Romania’s needs for better infrastructure and China’s advantages in railway technology, construction cost and financing to upgrade Romania’s railway system and promote regional interconnectivity.

Third, Li called for more Romanian exports of agricultural and animal products to China, saying Beijing is willing to import more high-quality beef and mutton from Romania and strengthen long-term cooperation in the area.

In addition, the two sides need to boost people-to-people exchanges and consolidate the social foundation of bilateral relations, so as to help pass on the China-Romania friendship from generation to generation, Li suggested.

On the cooperation between China and countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Li said the economic development of China and that of CEE countries are highly complementary.

Calling Romania an active participant in and champion of China-CEE cooperation, Li said he will make concerted efforts with Ponta to ensure a productive meeting of Chinese and CEE leaders on Tuesday.

On the broader China-European Union (EU) cooperation, Li said China firmly supports the European integration process and is willing to embrace a Europe of solidarity, prosperity and development as well as a robust euro.

China, he said, stands ready to work with Romania to strive for new progress in the development of China-CEE cooperation and China-EU relations.

For his part, Ponta called China Romania’s special partner and friend, saying Li’s visit is of historic significance and will push the bilateral relationship forward into a new phase of development.

Romania, he added, is willing to beef up cooperation with China in such areas as trade, power and railway, drum up bilateral people-to-people exchanges, and support each other on regional and global affairs.

Noting that CEE-China cooperation is conducive to the development of CEE countries, Ponta said Romania will do its best in hosting the CEE-China leaders’ meeting.

Romania is willing to serve as China’s gateway to Europe and play a contributive role in promoting CEE-China cooperation and the broader EU-China relationship, added the prime minister.

During their talks, the two leaders decided to set up working groups for talks on major cooperation projects in such areas as railway and energy.

After their talks, they witnessed the signing of a series of bilateral cooperation deals covering trade, investment, culture, energy and other areas.

Li arrived in Bucharest on Monday afternoon for an official visit to Romania and the second China-CEE leaders’ meeting. He will later travel to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent for a prime ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left of back row) and his Romanian counterpart Victor

Ponta (right of back row) attend the signing ceremony of a series of cooperation

agreements after their talks in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.  

Photo by Li Xueren

 

 

 

China, Romania to launch

high-speed railway cooperation

 

By Tian Dongdong

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta said on Monday of November 25 that their two countries would cooperate in building high-speed railways in Romania.

During their talks, the two leaders reached comprehensive consensus on deepening cooperation in such fields as trade, energy and infrastructure.

Witnessing the signing of series of cooperation agreements, Li and Ponta agreed to set up a working group on Monday night to implement their agreements in high-speed railway construction, nuclear energy and railway upgrading projects.

Li arrived here Monday for an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta attend

the press conference after their talks in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.  

Photo by Li Xueren 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta attend

the press conference after their talks in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.  

Photo by Pang Xinglei

 


 

China stands ready to enhance

ties with Romania: premier

 

By Tian Dongdong

 

China is willing to work with Romania to further enhance their relations which have witnessed sound development, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in Bucharest on Monday of November 25.

Describing his trip to Romania as an endeavor to improve political mutual trust, strengthen traditional friendship and promote practical cooperation, Li put forward a three-point proposal for the future development of bilateral relations at a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta.

First, the two sides should transform their traditional friendship into new impetus for deepening practical cooperation, based on mutual respect and equality.

Second, with strong economic complementarity, China and Romania should seek mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation.

China stood ready to explore its advantages in equipment to enhance their cooperation in railway and energy, while promoting cooperation with Romania in agriculture and stock farming, said Li.

Third, as an important part of China-Central Eastern European and China-European Union cooperation, ties between China and Romania should play an exemplary role in promoting China-CEE and China-EU relations.

Hailing Li’s visit as historic and fruitful, Ponta said his country would expand friendly exchanges and mutually-beneficial cooperation with China, and consider adopting the Chinese technology to build high-speed railways in Romania.

“Romania is willing to be China’s honest partner in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the European Union, and push forward China-CEE cooperation and China-EU relations for more achievements,” said Ponta.

Li arrived here Monday for an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of CEE countries.

The two leaders reached comprehensive consensus at a meeting on deepening cooperation in such fields as trade, energy and infrastructure.

Witnessing the signing of series of cooperation agreements, Li and Ponta agreed to set up a working group on Monday night to implement their agreements in high-speed railway construction, nuclear energy and railway upgrading projects.

During the visit, Li will also meet Romanian President Traian Basescu, President of the Senate Crin Antonescu and President of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea. He will also deliver a speech at the Romanian parliament.

 

 


 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (center) and his Hungarian and Serbian counterparts,

Viktor Orban (right) and Ivica Dacic attend a joint press conference on jointly

building a railway between Hungary and Serbia, in Bucharest, Romania,

on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Yao Dawei

 

 

 

China, Hungary, Serbia reach

agreement on railway project

 

By Deng Yushan

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in Bucharest on Monday of November 25 that his country has reached an agreement with Hungary and Serbia to jointly build a railway between the latter two countries.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Hungarian and Serbian counterparts, Viktor Orban and Ivica Dacic, Li hailed the project as a landmark in cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

The three sides, added the Chinese premier, will set up working groups immediately and advance the project with high quality as rapidly as possible for the benefit of passengers and cargo transporters.

“China has made rapid progress in railway construction since its reform and opening-up,” said Li, noting that the country now has the world’s second-largest railway network with the longest mileage of high-speed railway.

The needs of CEE countries for modern transportation and the technological, equipment, financial and other advantages of China in the area indicate that the project will surely benefit all parties involved, Li said.

The Chinese premier highlighted Chinese equipment as a new global trend due to its high quality with low prices.

In its cooperation with emerging markets in particular, the Chinese premier said, Chinese equipment will not only improve their infrastructure, but also reduce its own over-capacity and improve product and services quality.

Such win-win cooperation will benefit the concerned sides as well as the European Union and the world, Li said.

Li arrived here Monday for an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

 

 


 

1-Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with Vjekoslav Bevanda, Chairman of the

Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25,

2013.   Photo by Pang Xinglei 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic

in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Gong Bing

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with his Lithuanian counterpart Algirdas

Butkevicius in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013. Photo by Pang Xinglei


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with his Estonian counterpart Andrus

Ansip in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Gong Bing 


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic

in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Gong Bing

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban

in Bucharest, Romania, on November 25, 2013.   Photo by Yao Dawei

 

 

 

 

Chinese premier meets leaders of

Central, Eastern European nations

 

By Meng Na and Wang Cong

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met in Bucharest on Monday of November 25 with his counterparts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Li briefed them on the comprehensively deepening reforms made by the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

He pointed out that the reforms will instill new vigor and impetus to China’s development and provide more opportunities to cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

When meeting with Vjekoslav Bevanda, chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Li congratulated the country on its path of peace, stability and national reconciliation and expressed support for its decision to join European integration.

Li said he hoped the two countries could jointly implement the current cooperation projects and vigorously push forward cooperation in areas of infrastructure, building materials and electricity.

Beijing encourages Chinese enterprises to invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina and participate in the country’s industrial upgrading, Li said.

China is willing to strengthen cooperation in culture and education with Bosnia and Herzegovina and constantly enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries, he said.

Bevanda said his country is China’s sincere friend and partner. Bosnia and Herzegovina admires the significant development achievements made by China, and thanks China for its valuable support.

Chinese enterprises have advanced technologies and competitive edge, said Bevanda, adding that his country welcomes more Chinese investment to expand mutually-beneficial cooperation.

At his meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Li said the China-Croatia comprehensive partnership of cooperation maintains sound development momentum. China is ready to enhance cooperation in regional railway network construction, higher education, as well as science and research, Li said.

Beijing supports Chinese enterprises in participating in Croatia’s port upgrading and renovation and the construction of industrial parks, said Li.

The Chinese premier also congratulated Croatia on becoming the 28th member state of the European Union (EU) and expected the Croatian side to play a positive role in promoting China-EU relations and cooperation between China and CEE countries.

Milanovic said Croatia and China have enjoyed closer cooperation and share broad prospects. The Croatian side is willing to take the geographical advantage to enhance cooperation with China in areas including transportation infrastructure so as to promote regional economic development.

When meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, Li said Lithuania is China’s largest trading partner in the Baltic region, commending the substantial progress made in bilateral cooperation.

He called on the two sides to uphold the principle of mutual respect and equality and create good conditions for further progress in bilateral ties.

Both sides should make full use of collaboration mechanisms such as the economic and trade cooperation committees, and expand cooperation in railway, new energy, agriculture, culture and people-to-people exchanges in order to consolidate the economic and social foundations for bilateral relations, he said.

Noting that the just-concluded 16th EU-China summit had yielded fruitful results, Butkevicius said the meeting has opened up broad prospects for future cooperation between the two sides.

He said Lithuania is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in economy and trade, education, culture, port infrastructure and energy, and welcomed more investment from Chinese enterprises in Lithuania.

At a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, Li called on both sides to respect each other’s core interests and major concerns in a practical manner in order to further China-Estonian ties.

He said China is ready to make joint efforts with Estonia to enhance political mutual trust, reinforce cooperation in economy and trade as well as transportation infrastructure, improve cultural and people-to-people exchanges, so as to achieve sound and steady development of China-Estonia relations.

Ansip, for his part, said Estonia has firmly adhered to the one-China policy, respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and admires China’s achievements in its own development. He hoped both sides could boost cooperation in economy and trade, education, and culture so as to push forward bilateral ties.

Li is in Bucharest for an official visit to Romania and the China-CEE leaders’s meeting. It is the first visit by a Chinese premier to Romania in 19 years and also Li’s maiden trip to Central and Eastern Europe since he took office in March.

 

 

 

 

Chinese premier urges

closer cooperation with

Central, Eastern Europe

 

By Wu Xia

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for deeper practical cooperation with Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries on Monday of November 25 ahead of a key meeting with leaders of the 16 countries.

In a signed article published by major news media of CEE countries, Li said China and CEE countries enjoy great potential in economic and trade cooperation.

“As it stands now, trade between China and CEE countries is only equivalent to one-tenth of China-EU trade, and there remains huge potential to be tapped in expanding practical cooperation between the two sides,” said the Chinese premier.

As China and CEE countries open up further to each other and eye more opportunities in each other’s vast markets, such a shared vision has enabled their economic cooperation to prosper and produced new growth highlights, said Li.

The Chinese premier underlined agriculture, transportation, power generation, finance as key areas to expand practical cooperation between the two sides.

“CEE countries produce meat, dairy and wine products with high quality. China’s urbanization will unleash greater demands for beef, lamb, cheese, wine and other products,” said Li. “It will not be difficult for us to see exponential growth in agricultural trade.”

“Most CEE countries see a need to upgrade and renovate their railway lines, roads, ports and other transportation facilities. China is making rapid progress in the manufacturing of transportation equipment, especially in the field of high-speed railway,” said Li.

“We are fully capable of undertaking transportation infrastructure projects with high quality in CEE countries.”

On electricity, Li said CEE countries have an urgent need to upgrade their power generation facilities, while China has world-standard equipment of coal-fired and hydro power stations, and mature technologies and manufacturing to develop nuclear, wind and solar energies.

“The equipment we offer is inexpensive and of high quality, which makes China an ideal choice for CEE countries,” said Li.

China and CEE countries may also expand cooperation in infrastructure financing, open more financial branch institutions in each other’s countries, sign more agreements on local currency swap and settlement, and provide more facilitation for trade and investment activities, according to Li.

The Chinese premier also highlighted cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and CEE countries, which cover a wide range of areas.

“Learning Chinese, studying in China and appreciating Chinese art have become popular trends in CEE countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, sightseeing in CEE countries is a new fashion among the Chinese people, said Li.

The Chinese premier noted that China and the 16 CEE countries are exploring the establishment of a tourism association to serve as a platform in facilitating two-way tourism.

“Tourism will become a major growth area in the people-to-people exchanges between us,” said Li.

The Chinese premier also voiced firm support for European integration, and the decision of certain CEE countries to join the EU.

“We believe that comprehensive cooperation between China and CEE countries will not only serve the people of both sides but also lend fresh impetus to the sound, balanced and sustained growth of relations between China and Europe,” said Li.

Cooperation between China and CEE countries has come a long way and left clear footprints, said Li. “I am confident that our cooperation will continue to be substantiated and expanded.”

Li arrived here Monday for an official visit to Romania and a summit with leaders of 16 CEE countries — Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTARY

 

China, Europe boost cooperation

amid economic globalization

By Sun Ruijin

 

Relations between China and European countries are becoming closer in face of economic globalization, with exchange of high-level visits increasing, economic and trade cooperation broadening, and people-to-people exchanges continually making headway.

On Thursday of November 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and leaders of the European Union (EU) kicked off the 16th China-EU summit in Beijing to work out a blueprint for bilateral ties in the coming years.

Five days later, Li will attend a China-Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) leaders’ meeting in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation.

The two summits, held within a week, showed that China and European countries continue to broaden and deepen their relations.

During a meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso prior to the summit in Beijing, President Xi Jinping said China and the EU are two major forces in maintaining world peace, two important markets to promote common development, and two civilizations to advance the cause of human progress.

China and the EU need to bear in mind the trend of changes in the global situation, grasp opportunities, accurately position the comprehensive strategic partnership amid a multipolar world and economic globalization, and blaze new trails for the development of China-EU cooperation amid global changes in industry so as to benefit the peoples of both sides and the world, said the Chinese president.

Europe, especially developed nations in the west of the continent, is an important partner of economic cooperation for China due to high economic complementarity between them and China. Moreover, China could also learn from Europe’s experiences during its course of comprehensively deepening reforms.

Statistics showed that two-way trade between China and the EU exceeded 546 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, with the EU becoming the largest trade partner of China and China the second largest of the 28-member bloc.

Despite the debt crisis in some so-called “peripheral countries” in Europe, European nations are still an important export market and source of investment and technology for China.

While establishing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Western European nations, China is also promoting cooperation with CEE countries, which are called “New Europe” by Western media and analysts.

CEE countries, mainly emerging economies that have similar GDP per capita with China, are also at a crucial stage of transition to market economy, and their social and economic development is in urgent need for advanced technology and funds.

As China and those countries share broad interests, they have enjoyed good prospects for mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation in such fields as infrastructure, finance and green economy.

Out of concerns about geopolitical and security issues and a possible impact on European integration, Western European countries, or the so-called “Old Europe,” may be worried about cooperation between China and “New Europe.”

However, it should be noted that pragmatic cooperation between China and CEE nations in the economic field is not only transparent, but also inclusive.

China and Western European countries have given play to their respective advantages and coordinated with each other in pushing forward CEE nations’s development.

Just as international analysts put it, broadening cooperation between China and CEE nations will help boost cooperation between the Asian country and the whole continent and accelerate all-around, balanced development of China-Europe ties.

China has always supported European integration, and a powerful, united Europe is in the interests of not only the continent, but also the Asian nation.

 

 

 

 

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