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China and the European Union have held their fifth strategic dialogue in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province. The two sides reached consensus on China-EU relations and discussed promoting understanding of China's development.
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton co-chaired the one-day meeting.
Dai Bingguo said China has never and will never pursue hegemony, and remains committed to peaceful development.
Dai noted China's development requires a peaceful global environment, and aims to promote greater world peace and bring benefits to the world and EU.
He expressed China's hope that the two sides can appropriately deal with sensitive issues and expand exchanges.
For her part, Ashton said the EU should both understand the development of China and the challenges the country faces.
She said the EU sees China's development as an important opportunity for the 27-nation-member bloc, which actively seeks cooperation in trade, investment and employment.
Both sides pledged to strengthen economic and political dialogue.
Ashton flew to Beijing Wednesday evening.
There she will meet Premier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
The previous four rounds of strategic talks were held between vice foreign ministers of China and countries holding the rotating presidency of the European Union.
|China and the European Union have held their fifth strategic dialogue in Guiyang,|
capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province. The two sides reached consensus on
China-EU relations and discussed promoting understanding of China's development.
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