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Chinese leaders, European Parliament speaker discuss debt crisis, climate change

Posted by seumasach on May 28, 2010

People’s Daily

26th May, 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Xi Jinping Thursday respectively met with visiting European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek to discuss the European debt crisis, economic ties and climate change.

“I believe that European countries could overcome difficulties emerging during their economic recovery through the practice of unity and coordination,” Wen told Buzek during their 45-minute meeting in Beijing.

Wen reaffirmed China’s support for the integration of Europe and pledged to enhance mutual trust and cooperation as ties had entered an important period of development.

Xi, during his meeting with Buzek at the Great Hall of the People, said China supports the European Union’s role in international affairs and asked the 27-member bloc to respect China’s development method.

He proposed the two sides cultivate new growth points in ties, such as energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions cuts and dealing with climate change.

Xi also highlighted the importance of people-to-people contact in promoting China-EU friendship.

Buzek said Europe could emerge from the debt crisis and pledged further dialogue between the European Parliament and the Chinese National People’s Congress.

“We have been fully prepared to recover as soon as possible from the current crisis,” he told Wen. Europe would “spend a lot of money” and “avoid mistakes in the past which led to the crisis.”

Following a 750-billion-euro (920-billion-U.S.-dollar) bailout package for Greece, the European Union has asked Spain and Portugal to take austerity measures to improve their public finances.

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