Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C), European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (L), whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, meet with the press after the 12th China-EU summit in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 30, 2009.[Xinhua]
NANJING: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday called on China and the European Union (EU) to "stand high and see far" in shaping the future.
Wen made the remarks at a joint press conference after the 12th China-EU summit. He co-chaired the meeting with European Commission President Barroso and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency.
He said as all-round strategic partners, China and the EU should not only make joint efforts in coping with global financial crisis and overcoming the difficulties, but also should stand high and see far in shaping the future, in a bid to promote the establishment of a just and rational international political and economic new order.
He called on the two sides to abandon discrimination, confrontation and containment and promote equality, dialogue and cooperation.
He said the two sides should enhance mutual trust, and always be friends but not opponents, should take a cleat-cut stand against hegemony and promote a multi-polar world in support of multilateralism, should take the development as the primary task and follow the path of common development, should respect each other's cultural tradition, social system and values with the spirit of openness, and achieve innovation and progress in learning from each other, should dedicate to resolving the deep-seated structural problems in the international relations and promoting the world harmony and sustainable development.
"Those issues should be the strategic direction that guides the China-EU relations," he stressed.
Wen said China and the EU should continuously improve the dialogue mechanism, innovate the means of cooperation, enrich the content of cooperation, so as to inject new vitality to the China-EU relations.
He called on the two sides to properly handle the trade frictions and abandon the trade protectionism. He said China hopes the EU would relax control over high-tech export to China so as to achieve the balance of trade between the two sides.