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The China-EU Strategic Dialogue is playing a positive role for the two sides in promoting mutual understanding, strengthening bilateral ties, and enhancing international cooperation.
As part of the communication mechanism between the two sides, this high-level process has been a profitable channel for exchanging views on international and bilateral issues. Now let's take a brief look at the previous four rounds of the event.
2005 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the European Economic Community, now known as the European Union.
To mark the occasion, Premier Wen Jiabao met with EU officials in Beijing. They agreed to hold a regular strategic dialogue at the Vice Foreign Minister level.
In December of that year, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui held the first round of dialogue with representatives from the EU "Troika" in London.
Both sides discussed their respective roles in the international system, China's road to peaceful development, and EU integration, as well as international and regional issues of common concern.
In June 2006, Zhang conducted the second round of strategic dialogue with the EU "Troika" in Beijing.
Both sides held that stronger China-EU dialogue and cooperation are not only conducive to the sound development of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, but also to safeguarding world peace and stability, as well as promoting common development.
The third round of strategic dialogue was held in Lisbon in October 2007. China and the EU agreed to promote dialogue and cooperation to better cope with challenges in an increasingly globalized world, where both sides share numerous common interests.
In January 2009, the fourth round of strategic dialogue took place in Beijing. Vice Foreign Minister Li Hui and the EU delegation held that, against the backdrop of the complex and volatile international situation, stronger China-EU dialogue and cooperation are not only conducive to the sound and stable development of their bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, but also to safeguarding world peace, stability, and prosperity.