WORLD China, Belgium to work together on nuclear energy


China, Belgium to work together on nuclear energy


20:23, October 17, 2018

"This is my third visit to Belgium as the Chinese premier and we have reached consensus on many areas of cooperation and witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation agreements during this visit," Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said during a joint news conference with his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel on Wednesday.


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Premier Li noted that China will expand the import of high-quality Belgian products, especially agricultural products. 

"The ban on Belgian beef exports to China has been lifted," he said, adding that China will further ease market access restrictions on Belgian companies.

Li said that the two sides discussed cooperation in innovation and high-technology and signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

China will continue to develop clean energy, to which nuclear energy is an important pillar, he added, stressing that Beijing will strictly protect intellectual property rights in its high-tech cooperation with Brussels.

"I will exchange views with European leaders on reaching a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between China and the EU during the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Brussels later this week," Li said.

It will be a substantial contribution to multilateralism and free trade if China and Europe reach a BIT at an early date, he noted.

China attaches great importance to its relations with Belgium and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with the country within the UN framework, he added.

He added that China-Belgium cooperation plays an important role in China-EU cooperation and international cooperation, as Belgium has a reputation as the capital of Europe.

The Chinese premier is paying a working visit to Belgium, where he will also attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit.

This is the third stop of Li's Eurasian trip from October 11 to 19 after his visits to Tajikistan and the Netherlands.

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