Premier Li Keqiang to attend China-EU leaders' meeting in April
Updated 14:58, 15-Mar-2019

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday announced that he will visit EU Headquarters next month to attend the new round of the China-EU leaders' meeting.

Li made the remarks at a press conference Friday after the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, concluded its annual session.

Li hoped the meeting could enable both sides to view China-EU relations from a strategic long-term perspective and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties with mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

The premier stressed that the China-U.S. trade frictions are an issue between the two countries involved and would not influence China-EU ties.

China will not exploit any third parties when solving trade frictions, let alone harm third parties' interests, he added.

Noting that China is the largest developing countries in the world while the EU is the largest union of developed countries, Li pointed out both China and the EU are important poles of the multipolar world.

The development of China-EU ties is not only beneficial to China-EU relations, but also to the world, he said.

The Chinese premier admitted there has been cooperation as well as friction in the China-EU relationship, but he believed the past experience of resolving differences and conflicts can continue to be used to enhance mutual trust.

He also said China and the EU are now working on a treaty aiming to further open up bilateral investment and fairly benefit both sides.

Li hoped the two sides could treat each other with an open mind and properly resolve differences while steadily pursuing better ties.