Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hopes for "a united, stable and prosperous European Union." (Photo : Getty Images)
Through Premier Li Keqiang, China has expressed its firm support for the European integration as the government hopes for "a united, stable and prosperous European Union," state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
Li's comments, together with his remarks emphasizing China's high regard to the China-EU relations, were made during his meeting with Federica Mogherini, EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy and the European Commission's vice president.
"China is willing to work with the EU in the spirit of mutual respect and treating each other as equals to advance bilateral investment treaty talks and the feasibility study of the free trade agreement," the premier stated.
The official also noted that the Chinese government will be closely working with the union in order to "handle differences properly and to better the China-EU relations within the rule-based international order and contribute vitality to world economic growth."
Meanwhile, Li said that both China and the EU should "abide by the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter," considering the constantly changing international political and economic landscape.
Li further urged both parties to join hands in maintaining regional stability and world peace. He proposed that the two should help tackle global challenges, champion economic globalization and improve governance at an international level.
According to the premier, these endeavors will all the more stabilize the China-EU relations.
Mogherini reflected the same sentiment, adding that the EU and China should share the obligation to sustain international order. The two should also make concerted efforts in combatting various challenges including climate change and terrorism.
The EU envoy also shared that the organization remains unwavering in its campaign to deliver its international obligations.
She added that the EU will work with the Chinese government to facilitate and track the progress of the partnerships between the EU and China.