|Li Zhaoxing Holds Talks with EU Commissioner for External Relations Waldner|
On January 17, 2007, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing held talks with visiting EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner.
Li said China-EU relations have witnessed continuous in-depth development with growing strategic consensus and coordination and new progress of cooperation in all areas. He urged both sides to jointly push for the comprehensive strategic partnership by proceeding from an overall and strategic perspective and step up efforts in the following four aspects. "We should continue to increase political dialogue and consultations at multiple levels to enhance mutual trust, push the China-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA) for positive progress, actively expand and deepen bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, science and technology, agriculture and education, and properly handle differences that arise between the two sides," said Li.
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Waldner reaffirmed EU's adherence to the one-China policy. Both sides also exchanged views on energy cooperation, as well as regional and international issues.
Following the talks, Li and Waldner jointly met with journalists from home and abroad and announced the official launch of substantive talks on the Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA).