On November 28, 2006, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, upon invitation, attended the working dinner of the European Union (EU) diplomatic envoys in China hosted by Antti Kuosmanen, ambassador of EU presidency country Finland to China. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Quan and the diplomatic envoys of the European Commission, the 25 EU member states and two EU candidates Romania and Bulgaria were present at the dinner.
Li introduced China's views on furthering China-EU relations, and hoped that both sides will actively implement the results achieved at the 9th China-EU Summit and push for the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. The EU side said the European Union attaches great importance to China and is ready to establish a closer partnership with the country and deepen bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas. Li also briefed about the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, China-Japan and China-U.S. ties, as well as President Hu Jintao's four-nation Asia tour and his attendance at the Meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).