Local Level Coop to be a New Pillar of China-CEEC Coop
   2013-11-20 15:51:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang

Song Tao, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, received a joint interview from the media after participating in the opening ceremony of the China-CEEC Local Leaders' Meeting. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]  

Song Tao, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), said that cooperation at the local level is crucial among individual countries and that such cooperation could be a major pillar of China-CEEC cooperation.

Song Tao received a joint interview from the media after participating in the opening ceremony of the China-CEEC Local Leaders' Meeting, when he pointed out the importance of cooperation between the two sides.

"China-CEEC cooperation is an integral component of China-Europe relations. The cooperation between the two sides originates from the needs of the respective development situations and it is also the common aspiration of China and Central and Eastern European Countries."

A lot has been achieved in the area of China-CEEC cooperation since the meeting between leaders of China and Central and Eastern European Countries took place in Warsaw in April 2012. The USD$10 billion special credit line established by the Chinese government has already been put into use, with Chinese and CEE businesses reaching a number of agreements as a result. China has sent over 30 trade and investment promotion missions to CEE countries. The success of the Promotion Event of Tourism Products of China and Central and Eastern European Countries, the Cultural Cooperation Forum and the Education Policy Dialogue have significantly mobilized the level of enthusiasm in China and CEE countries, adding to the scope and quality of overall cooperation.

This year's China-CEEC Local Leaders' Meeting is an integral step for China by which to expand cooperation between the two sides. Leaders hope to establish links between Chinese and CEE localities and businesses and open up more ways of collaboration. Song Tao stressed that cooperation at the local level is crucial for cooperation between all individual countries and could therefore become a major pillar of China-CEEC cooperation.

"Cooperation at the local level is an important aspect of cooperation between countries, so it will be a major pillar of China-CEEC cooperation. Through strengthening cooperation between the two sides, we can mobilize the level of enthusiasm for cooperation at the local level and make such cooperation more focused, result-oriented and sustainable."

Song Tao added, that the meeting gave the host city Chongqing the chance to invite participants to 'come inside' and learn more about the place; noting that Chongqing with its unique advantages can use the meeting to position itself as a facilitating platform for China and CEE countries.

"Located on the eastern end of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway passage, Chongqing is one of the important core areas of growth in the western development strategy and the only provincial-level municipality in central and west China. The huge potential and prospects are fully laid out as Chongqing engages in China-CEEC cooperation."

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