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Quotable quotes from visiting Chinese premier in Greece

10-04-2010 11:58 BJT Special Report:Wen visits 4 European nations, attends 8th ASEM |

ATHENS, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are some quotable quotes from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his official visit to Greece:

"Although China's total GDP and external trade are among the largest in the world, the basic reality about China -- a populous country with a weak economic foundation and uneven development -- has not changed." -- Wen said in a speech at the Greek parliament on Sunday.

"China-EU relations are now at a new historical starting point with broad space for further growth. It should be our shared objective to push forward the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership and step up all-dimensional cooperation."

"China hopes the EU recognizes China's full market economy status as soon as possible, eases restrictions on high-tech exports to China and rejects trade protectionism so as to foster an environment conducive to the healthy growth of our trade."

"China will not reduce its euro-bond holdings and China supports a stable euro."

"China is committed to advancing China-EU relations. This is not an expediency, but a long-term strategic policy."

"Politically, China-EU relations have made three big leaps forward: from constructive partnership to comprehensive partnership and then to comprehensive strategic partnership."

"Economically, the EU has been China's largest trading partner for six consecutive years, while China has risen to be the EU's second largest trading partner."

"China-EU relations have reached unprecedented breadth and depth and the two sides have become indispensable partners in each other's development endeavor."

"China is willing to be a good friend and partner of Greece forever, move forward hand in hand, and accomplish common development." -- Wen said during his meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Sunday.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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