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hen I was last here [in China], we set outan ambitious agenda which I am pleasedto see we have largely fulfilled. Thesemeetings provide an opportunity for us todiscuss in detail developments in our bilateralrelations, compare notes on key global issues and takeour joint agenda forward. The bilateral relationship is strong, and the EU-Chinastrategic partnership is even more relevant in anincreasingly globalised world. Whether it is on leadinga global economic recovery, resisting protectionistpressures, combating the threat of climate change,addressing nuclear proliferation, and other securitypolicy questions, I believe that China and the EU needto work together in the spirit of a strategic partnershipand full respect of the ideas of stability andpredictability and in our history of diplomaticrelations. The EU has always supported a role forChina in world affairs and in multilateral institutions,and China has always supported the Europeanintegration process.Prime Minister Wen and I spoke candidly about ourconcerns. We spoke about our current economicsituation globally and the contribution that China andthe EU, as very responsible partners, can give to asustainable global recovery. We discussed withouttaboos all issues, from the importance of rebalancingglobal growth and further reducing global imbalances,to trade, investment and currency matters. I welcomethe commitment of PM Wen to going on with openingthe Chinese economy. I think the EU can also congratulate itself for havingresisted protectionist pressures and having kept ourmarkets open. We have also seen an increase of tradein both directions. In fact we are also after thismeeting going to meet European business leadersbecause we want to be sure that the best conditionsfor investment are in place. Furthermore, we have decided also to look at thepossibility of reinforcing our conditions for investmentboth in China and in the EU in the future. It isimportant for us to ensure a level playing field forEuropean companies in China and I know that PrimeMinister Wen attaches great importance to the role ofthese European companies here in the Chinesemarket. In fact, those companies are a key pillar of theEU-China partnership. We have discussed specifically the issues of climatechange and energy. We are determined to build on theCopenhagen Accord and I think our regular dialogueon this topic is essential. That is why CommissionerHedegaard and her counterpart, Vice Chairman XieZhenhua, have agreed to set up a "hotline" on climateissues and to conduct a regular dialogue at their level.We believe that both the international process afterCopenhagen and the bilateral cooperation raise agreat potential for the relations of China and the EU.We had an in-depth discussion of energy policy. BothChina and the EU are resolved to act as responsibleglobal energy players so as to ensure energy securityand sustainability. I will have the pleasure ofinaugurating the EU-China Clean Energy Centre herein Beijing, a key tool to strengthen our cooperation onclean-energy technologies, and this is a key elementin our efforts to combat climate change. For this year, we have agreed a very ambitiousprogramme that I will not detail now but whichreflects the importance that both sides give to thisdialogue. We have also mentioned extensively people-Right: EC PresidentBarroso and ChinesePremier Wen Jiabao attheir Beijing meeting inAprilTHE EU AND CHINA ADDRESS COMMON CHALLENGES 086WORLD IN PERSPECTIVEWJOSÉ MANUEL BARROSO, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

""WORLD IN PERSPECTIVE087BOTH CHINAAND THE EU ARE RESOLVED TO ACT AS RESPONSIBLEGLOBAL ENERGYPLAYERS SO AS TOENSURE ENERGYSECURITY ANDSUSTAINABILITYRepresentative Catherine Ashton, to be present in the Shanghai Expo opening ceremony. It will provide a window for both sides; for China to be better knownand respected. It is also an occasion to celebrate our relationship.And when I look back, and now I can speak with someperspective, because I have been at six EU-Chinasummits during the last six years, working very closelywith Prime Minister Wen: we always had this kind of verydeep cooperation. I saw progress in the EU-Chinarelationship, not only addressing political dialogue, butalso progress in very concrete programmes, programmesdeveloped here in China, and development also in ourdialogue regarding global issues. nThis is an edited version of President Barroso's pressstatement following the executive-to-executivemeeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijingon 29 April 2010. For more information visit:www.ec.europa.euto-people contacts and culture, and there will be anEU-China Forum during the next EU-China Summit inBrussels later this year. So I'm giving you a very wide appreciation of the vastfields in which we have intended to further ourcooperation. There are no taboos in our discussionsand in fact we address matters of concern. I welcomethe fact that we are deepening our dialogue on humanrights and during this meeting, too, we haveexchanged our opinions based on the regular dialoguewe have on human rights. We believe that it isessential to respect human rights and this is a key partof our dialogue.I think it is important to translate this relationship interms of better understanding, trust and respect. Forthis, openness is essential; to have this kind ofinformation, to have access to information, so that ourpeoples can know each other better. That is one of thereasons why I will have the pleasure, with High