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December 5, 2022

Chinese PM starts official visit to Romania

Prime Ministers and representatives of 16 Central and East-European countries take part in the China –CEE Summit in Bucharest.
During 25th -28th of November, Premier Li Keqiang is paying an official visit to Romania and attend the second edition of the China-Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Summit at the level of Prime-Ministers, as a guest of the Romanian PM Victor Ponta. The visit of Li Keqiang to Romania has a twofold symbolic value. From a bilateral perspective, it is the first visit to Romania of a Chinese Premier after more than 19 years. Several significant documents for the bilateral cooperation will be signed in the presence of the two premiers, in the fields of agriculture, investments, energy, culture and education (for the last field, the Cultural Programme for 2013-2016 and the establishment of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing and the Chinese Cultural Centre in Bucharest). On the 22nd of November, the fourth Confucius Institute in Romania, affiliated to the University of Bucharest was inaugurated. From a multilateral perspective, the Chinese Premier’s visit to Bucharest is a good opportunity to have the first contacts with the other Central and Eastern European leaders on the sidelines of the Summit since he took office in March 2013.
During the China-CEE Summit, the Prime Ministers and representatives of the sixteen European participant countries will exchange views on upgrading cooperation with China in various fields such as investments, infrastructure, energy, agriculture, tourism, higher education and people-to-people exchanges, with a view to producing concrete achievements.
In a wider perspective, the China-CEE platform of cooperation complements EU efforts and contributes to the deepening of the EU comprehensive Strategic Partnership with China, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, on the basis of mutual respect, mutual trust and win-win cooperation.
The meeting of Prime Ministers will be followed by another major event, the China-Central and Eastern European Countries Economic & Trade Forum. Around 1,000 business people confirmed their participation, 300 from China, 400 from Romania and 300 from the other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The significant areas for developing the economic cooperation are agriculture, infrastructure, transports, IT, tourism and energy.

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