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Li and Juncker agreed on multilateralism and free trade


Brussels. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday said China and the European Union (EU) need to collectively and firmly safeguard multilateralism and the free trade system based on rules.

Li made the remarks when he met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, saying China and the EU have maintained frequent high-level exchanges as Xinhua has reported.

The premier said the steady and in-depth development of relations between China and the EU will not only meet the common need of both sides, but also be helpful to promote world peace and development.

European Commission President Juncker said the EU and China are indispensable global powers to the world and shoulder major responsibility in safeguarding multilateralism. Both sides support solving problems through multilateral consultations.

The EU and China have regularly exchanged views on the WTO reforms and agree that the reforms should adhere to multilateralism and the basic rules of the organization, said Juncker.

He said the EU appreciates China’s significant role in handling climate change and will work together with China to push forward the implementation of the Paris Agreement as mentioned in Xinhua news agency.

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