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China-EU-U.S. ties essential to world peace, prosperity: ambassador

04-22-2011 20:23 BJT

BRUGES, Belgium, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Cooperation between China, the European Union and the United States was absolutely essential to world peace and prosperity, Song Zhe, China's top diplomat in Brussels, said here Friday.

"We, as major regional and global powers, are increasingly sharing a same destiny," Song, head of the Chinese mission to the European Union, said in a keynote speech at the opening of a two-day conference held by the College of Europe in Bruges, northwest Belgium.

"I am confident that in the second decade of the 21st century, relations between China, the EU and the U.S. will continue to thrive in a fast-changing world," Song said.

He talked of three unchanging factors in the relationship: peace and stability will remain the general trend of the world; the world economy will continue to recover; and cooperation will continue to be the No.1 choice in their economic relationship.

"We should adopt a long-term and overarching perspective to appreciate the strategic, historical and global significance of our relations," Song said.

He reviewed recent progress in China's bilateral ties with the EU and the U.S., stressing that China's efforts to consolidate bilateral relations had laid a solid basis for trilateral relations.

"The road ahead is promising but certainly not trouble free," Song said, adding there were still difficulties and concerns about unbalanced progress in the bilateral ties.

He called for deeper trust, closer communication and stronger cooperation among the three countries to meet challenges more effectively.

The conference, under the theme of "The EU, the US and China: towards a new international order," was initiated by the college's InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of EU-China Relations.

The chair was established in 2008 to focus on the increasingly close EU-China relations.

About 40 officials and scholars from the three countries attended the conference this year. They examined the dynamics of the China-EU-US relationship as well as its impact on global governance and international affairs.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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