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Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium

On January 27, 2014, State Councilor Yang Jiechi held talks with Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium in Brussels.

Yang Jiechi expressed that in recent years, China and Belgium have enjoyed close high-level exchanges as well as personnel exchanges at various levels. Economic and trade cooperation has overcome the impact of the financial crisis and emerges with great vitality. China-Belgium relations are with a sound foundation and broad prospects. China is willing to work with Belgium to deepen political mutual trust, to maintain exchanges of high-level visits and to firmly support each other on issues concerning core interests of each other. To promote cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food processing, bio-tech and microelectronics, to boost two-way investment so as to push forward practical cooperation to a higher level. To positively enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges in order to make China-Belgium friendship more deeply rooted in the hearts of both peoples. To strengthen coordination and cooperation between the two countries in international and regional affairs. Hope the Belgian side will further exert important influence in pushing forward China-Europe relations.

Reynders expressed that cooperation with China is the mainstream of Belgium's foreign relations. Belgium is willing to vigorously promote cooperation with China and to feasibly implement the agreement between the two countries for the avoidance of double taxation. More Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in Belgium and the Belgian side is willing to create favourable conditions for this. Belgium is willing to positively join in China's 12th Five-Year Plan construction and to strengthen bilateral cooperation between businesses and universities in environmental protection, scien-tech and other fields. Belgium will provide more visa facilitation for Chinese business people and tourists to travel to Belgium. Belgium values China's status and influence at the international arena and is willing to deepen bilateral cooperation in international affairs.

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