Wen: Peace is a logical choice for China
Updated: 2005-12-07 06:06
PARIS: Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday pointed to China's "logical choice" of
peace because of its history and culture while seeking to allay anxiety about
its fast rise.
enormously from foreign invasions, China knows the price of peace," Wen
said."This choice is a logical choice, dictated by China's history and culture."
Premier Wen Jiabao puts on the traditional
two-cornered hat of the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, France
yesterday. The hat was presented to Wen by students at the prestigious
French university. [Reuters]
He argued that growing domestic demand in China will eventually lead to new
opportunities for foreign exporters, apparently in response to widespread fears
in France that China's low costs and poor standards of social security are
sucking in economic activity and driving up unemployment in Europe.
"China's development is not a threat but an opportunity for the world," Wen
stressed, adding that Chinese society "is in constant change."
The premier was addressing the students at the Ecole Polytechnique, one of
France's oldest and most prestigious university-level schools for science and
Wen arrived in France on Sunday for a four-day trip, which has seen the
signing of a cluster of commercial and cultural agreements, including a record
order for 150 A320 aircraft worth nearly US$10 billion.
His visit to the 200-year-old polytechnique at Palaiseau was the occasion for
a partnership agreement with three Chinese universities to introduce new
exchange programmes and shared qualifications.
"I am in a very good mood because I love to meet dynamic young people who
represent the future of the world," said Wen, who was offered the school's
famous hat following his speech.