|Li Keqiang Meets with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic|
On April 25, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang met with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
Li Keqiang expressed that China and Europe share broad common interests. Lately, the 21st China-European Union (EU) Leaders' Meeting was held successfully, and on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, the two sides issued a joint statement featuring rich contents and mutual benefit and win-win results, releasing positive signals to the rest of the world that China and EU jointly maintain free trade, uphold the international order and multilateralism with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations at the core. China is willing to work with the European side to promote the implementation of the consensus reached at the 21st China-EU Leaders' Meeting, accelerate the China-EU investment agreement talks, complete negotiations on the geographical indications agreement, and ink the China-EU Civil Aviation Safety Agreement as soon as possible, which will benefit both China and Europe as well as the whole world. The Chinese side is willing to further align the Belt and Road Initiative with the EU Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia, expand cooperation on third-party markets in a market-oriented and law-abiding manner, and deepen coordination and cooperation on issues like climate change.
Maros Sefcovic congratulated the Chinese side on holding the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. He said the European side attaches importance to the Belt and Road Initiative which has achieved great success, and is willing to actively participate in related cooperation. The European side is willing to work with the Chinese side to proactively promote the implementation of the consensus reached at the 21st China-EU Leaders' Meeting, advance EU-China investment agreement talks, strengthen communication on issues like World Trade Organization reforms, expand cooperation on transport, development aid and third-party markets under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and jointly uphold multilateralism and free trade.