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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH CEEC SINOLOGISTS, HOPING THEM TO BE BRIDGE BUILDERS FOR CIVILIZATION EXCHANGES AND MUTUAL LEARNING BETWEEN CHINA AND CEEC

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the National Library of Latvia in Riga with sinologist representatives, who were attending the symposium on Sinology studies and Chinese language teaching of Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), during which Li Keqiang communicated and interacted with them.

In recent years, the booming China-CEEC cultural exchanges have led to a thriving enthusiasm for Chinese study and learning in the region. When Li Keqiang arrived, three generations of CEEC sinologists were waiting him at the gate to express their warm welcome to Premier Li Keqiang. Li Keqiang shook hands and had friendly talks with them in turn.

Renowned sinologist and Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Latvia Peteris Pildegovics presented Li Keqiang with the Selected Latvian-Chinese and Chinese-Latvian Dictionary complied by himself, and expressed his hope that the dictionary could promote friendly exchanges between the Latvian and Chinese people. Li Keqiang received the dictionary with pleasure and praised the gift as “heavy and profound”. Li Keqiang said that language serves as a bridge for communication and sinologists are bridge builders for civilization exchanges and mutual learning between China and the CEEC. It is hoped that there could be more reference books to advance verbal and written communication and exchanges between China and the CEEC.

Li Keqiang pointed out that since the founding of the “16+1” cooperation mechanism, China-CEEC cooperation in such fields as politics, economy and culture has been advancing rapidly. Stronger enthusiasm for participation in cooperation and more urgent desire in deepening mutual understanding shown by all parties have brought both huge opportunities and higher demands for Chinese and CEEC experts and scholars. It is hoped that sinologists could publish more new and excellent works and make greater contributions to deepening bilateral exchanges and cooperation.

At the end of the meeting, Li Keqiang and CEEC leaders took a group photo with the sinologists to mark the occasion.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG, PRIME MINISTER MĀRIS KUČINSKIS OF LATVIA AND PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBÁN OF HUNGARY JOINTLY MEET THE PRESS, INTRODUCING OUTCOMES FROM THE 5TH CHINA-CEEC SUMMIT

On the afternoon of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis of Latvia and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary jointly met the press at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, introducing outcomes from the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC).

Li Keqiang said that this China-CEEC Summit was held against the current situation of sluggish world economic recovery, slowdown in trade growth, as well as new and complicated changes in global and regional hotspot issues. This summit has sent out a positive signal of safeguarding world peace and stability, promoting trade liberalization and investment facilitation, and advancing the globalization process to the outside. China-CEEC cooperation is a cross-regional cooperation between China, the biggest developing country, and emerging economies in Central and Eastern Europe, which is conducive to maintaining the world trade system and promoting balanced development and inclusive growth of the global economy.

Li Keqiang stressed that China’s development calls for a peaceful and stable international environment. China-CEEC cooperation is beneficial not only to peace and stability in Central and Eastern Europe, but also to the balanced development of the whole Europe. China has always firmly supported the European integration process and is pleased to see a prosperous and stable Europe. The “16+1 cooperation” is a component of and beneficial supplement to China-EU relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that currently China and the CEEC are all amid the process of industrialization or re-industrialization. Production capacity cooperation acts as an important carrier for the integration between China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and the development strategies of the CEEC. After decades of industrialization, China has exhibited relatively strong market competitiveness in such fields as infrastructure, equipment and industrial manufacturing and a relatively high price-performance ratio in the products. With China’s equipment involved in the infrastructure construction of the CEEC, the demands of the CEEC in development and re-industrialization can be better satisfied, thus promoting regional connectivity. Through cooperation in complementary advantages, both sides can better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results, benefit the people of the 17 countries and make new contributions to world peace and development.

Māris Kučinskis expressed that this summit has yielded positive results. The CEEC are looking forward to, together with China, strengthening cooperation, integrating development strategies, implementing cooperation consensus, strengthening cooperation in such fields as transportation, finance, science and technology and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, while promoting the alignment between the “Belt and Road” construction and the Investment Plan for Europe and others, so that EU-China relationship can achieve greater development.

Viktor Orbán noted that the “16+1 cooperation” is in line with the interests of the CEEC and also opens a new window for the development of EU-China relations. Hungary is glad to host the next CEEC-China Summit and will ensure the success of the summit.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG ARRIVES IN ST. PETERSBURG TO ATTEND THE 21ST REGULAR MEETING BETWEEN CHINESE PREMIER AND RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER AND PAY AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO RUSSIA

On the morning of November 6, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang, at the invitation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, arrived at the Pulkovo International Airport in St. Petersburg by special plane to attend the 21st Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister and pay an official visit to Russia.

Senior government officials of Russia greeted Premier Li Keqiang at the airport, and hosted a grand welcome ceremony for him. Li Keqiang reviewed the guard of honor. Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Vice Premier Wang Yang who had arrived in St. Petersburg earlier to attend the Regular Meeting between Chinese Premier and Russian Prime Minister, as well as H.E. Li Hui, Chinese Ambassador to Russia also greeted him at the airport.

During his stay in Russia, Li Keqiang will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. He will also hold a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, and meet the press, witness the signing of cooperation documents between the two countries and attend relevant people-to-people and cultural activities together with him.

Li Keqiang arrived in St. Petersburg after successfully attending the 5th Summit of China and the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and concluding his official visit to Latvia. When he left Riga, Latvian senior government officials including Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis, and H.E. Huang Yong, Chinese Ambassador to Latvia, saw him off at the airport.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBAN OF HUNGARY

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Hungary friendship has become stronger as time goes by. The two countries have witnessed firm political mutual trust and constant progress in practical cooperation, achieving remarkable outcomes. When completed, the Budapest-Belgrade railway will substantially shorten the trading time between China and the EU and drive the economic development of countries along the route. China is willing to work with all sides, including Hungary to continuously well build the flagship project of Budapest-Belgrade railway, so as to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. It is hoped that Hungary, as a member state of the EU, can play a positive role and propel the EU to fulfill its obligation in Article 15 of the Protocol on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization as scheduled, in order to boost the healthy development of China-EU economic and trade relations.

Viktor Orban expressed that attaching importance to its relationship with China, Hungary is a reliable partner of the Chinese side. The cooperation consensus reached between both sides is being earnestly implemented. Hungary is ready to further lift bilateral relations to a new level and make joint efforts to continuously deepen the “16+1 cooperation”. Hungary stands ready to play a positive role in boosting the development of EU-China relations.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER BEATA SZYDŁO OF POLAND

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with Prime Minister Beata Szydło of Poland at the hotel where he stayed in Riga.

Li Keqiang spoke positively of the development of China-Poland relations, and appreciated Poland’s positive role in promoting the “16 + 1 cooperation” and the development of China-EU relations. He said that China and Poland enjoy strong economic complementarities and broad prospects in mutually beneficial cooperation. China is willing to intensify the efforts in docking the “Belt and Road” initiative with Poland’s re-industrialization development strategy, find more interest converging points and expand cooperation in various fields in the principle of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results with Poland. China is willing to work with Poland to, on the basis of production capacity cooperation, give play to its advantages of cost-effective equipments in infrastructure construction and relevant industrial manufacture to participate in the construction of ports, industrial parks and others,in Poland, so as to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. China is willing to make joint efforts with Poland to strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in such fields as science, technology and education to constantly enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Beata Szydło noted the development strategies of Poland and China are compatible to each other, and both sides enjoy broad prospects for economic cooperation. The Polish side attaches great importance to its relationship with China and is ready to well plan bilateral pragmatic cooperation. Based on its reindustrialization process, Poland is willing to expand bilateral cooperation in such fields as infrastructure, industrial parks, science and technology as well as deepen cooperation within the framework of the “16 + 1 cooperation”.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER BOYKO BORISOV OF BULGARIA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria.

Li Keqiang noted that China and Bulgaria are trustworthy and good friends and partners. Attaching importance to Bulgaria’s strong desire of strengthening cooperation with China, the Chinese side is willing to expand practical cooperation in various fields with Bulgaria. China stands ready to encourage Chinese enterprises to give play to their advantages in agricultural equipment manufacturing when investing in Bulgaria as well as carry out cooperation in the deep processing of agricultural products with the country. Both sides could also jointly explore third-party markets so as to better realize mutual benefit and win-win results.

Expressing the willingness to advance cooperation with China, Boyko Borisov said that Bulgaria attaches great importance to the “16+1 cooperation”. Enterprises of both countries have already launched successful cooperation in agriculture. It is hoped that both sides could expand bilateral cooperation and extend third-party market cooperation.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER ANDREJ PLENKOVIĆ OF CROATIA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković of Croatia.

Li Keqiang noted that appreciating the active efforts Croatia has made in pushing forward China-Croatia relations and cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries, China is willing to encourage Chinese enterprises to, in the principle of equality, reciprocity and win-win results, participate in Croatia’s infrastructure construction. It is hoped that the Croatian side can provide favorable conditions and policy support in this regard. The Chinese side supports bilateral cooperation in tourism, which is believed to be not only conducive to people-to-people and cultural exchanges, but also beneficial to the launch of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

Andrej Plenković expressed that Croatia is willing to take the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship coming next year as an opportunity to strengthen the alignment between the two countries’ development strategies and launch cooperation in equipment manufacturing. Croatia welcomes Chinese enterprises to participate in its infrastructure construction.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER MIRO CERAR OF SLOVENIA

On the afternoon of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Miro Cerar of Slovenia.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Slovenia relations maintain a sound development momentum. China stands ready to make joint efforts with Slovenia to push forward the continuous development of bilateral friendship and practical cooperation in various fields, strengthen the integration of development strategies and expand cooperation in civil aviation, sports, tourism and other fields, so as to realize a wider range of mutual benefit and win-win results.

Miro Cerar said that pleased to see the substantial progress Slovenia and China have scored in economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other areas, Slovenia is willing to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen bilateral cooperation as well as cooperation under the “16+1 cooperation” framework and enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in sports with China.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER EDI RAMA OF ALBANIA

On the afternoon of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania.

Li Keqiang said that China and Albania enjoy profound traditional friendship and bilateral relations maintain a solid political foundation. At present, bilateral cooperation in major projects is undergoing positive progress. China encourages Chinese enterprises to invest and establish business in Albania based on market-oriented principles and conduct cooperation in such areas as water conservancy, energy and infrastructure construction. It is believed that bilateral cooperation will achieve positive progress. It is hoped that the two countries could continuously strengthen cooperation under the “16+1 cooperation” framework to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

Edi Rama noted that in recent years, Albania and China have carried out smooth cooperation in infrastructure, oil, gas, water resource, tourism and other fields, which has opened up new areas for future cooperation between the two countries. The Albanian side is glad to see positive outcomes from the “16+1 cooperation”, and is willing to continue to make positive contributions to this end.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER EMIL DIMITRIEV OF MACEDONIA

On the afternoon of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev of Macedonia.

Li Keqiang said that China-Macedonia friendly cooperative relationship enjoys smooth progress and broad prospects. China encourages Chinese enterprises to participate in the construction of highway, railway and other infrastructure in Macedonia. It is hoped that both sides could enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen cooperation in traditional Chinese medicine and other areas and strengthen cooperation in finance, so as to enable more extensive and in-depth development of China-Macedonia cooperation as well as better benefit the two peoples.

Emil Dimitriev said that Macedonia and China maintain sound political relations, and bilateral cooperation in economy and trade has boosted Macedonia’s economic development. The Macedonian side is willing to work with China to reinforce mutually beneficial cooperation and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Macedonia welcomes more Chinese enterprises to increase investment and cooperation in its infrastructure construction and other fields.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)