BEIJING, Dec. 08, (Asia Free Press): Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo had a virtual meeting to discuss cooperation between the countries in biomedicine, microelectronics and modern agriculture, according to media reports.
Both counterparts agreed to work jointly as defenders of free trade. Both work to strengthen dialogue, coordination and cooperation in the afore-mentioned fields. They also urged handshakes to cope with global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Xinhua reported.
Li said that this year marks the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Belgium, and China attaches great importance to bilateral relations between the two countries.
“China is willing to increase political mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, expand cultural exchanges, and promote the sustained and healthy development of China-Belgium relations on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment”, he further said.
In addition, Li further emphasized, “China stands ready to tap the cooperation potential in the above-mentioned fields, and will strengthen intellectual property rights protection to better achieve mutual benefits and win-win results”.
De Croo said Belgium cherishes the cooperation with China and hopes further to deepen the political exchanges between the two countries, overcome the impact of the pandemic to strengthen direct exchanges and expand cooperation on investment, trade, medicine, scientific research and intellectual property.
“Belgium will work with China to support free trade and oppose trade protectionism, and play an active role in promoting the healthy development of EU-China relations”, the Belgian Premier added.