China, EU to confront economic crisis together
BRUSSELS: China is ready to work together with the European
Union to confront the global economic crisis, EU External Relations
Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said Friday.
“We have spoken about the economic and financial crisis that we must
confront together,” she told AFP after talks with a visiting Chinese
delegation led by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
“They are also facing great challenges, like unemployment... and
losses. And they want to work in concert with us,” she said.
Ferrero-Waldner said she had also discussed international issues like
“the Middle East, North Korea, and Taiwan and Tibet,” with the Chinese
On the sensitive issues of Tibet, she said that “the door is not
closed” between Beijing and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama. But she noted: “There are still wide differences between the Dalai
Lama and his envoys and the Chinese.”
Wen’s is the first European trip by a senior Chinese official since
Beijing postponed a summit with the EU in December to protest against
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to meet the Dalai Lama.
France held the rotating EU presidency at the time.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said after his talks with Wen
that the possibility of a new summit “is implicit in all the
conversations we had”.
“I will be going to China soon and we will continue the conversations
there,” Solana told reporters.
“The fact that he came to Brussels is a very good sign... for
deepening the relationship betwwen EU and China,” the bloc’s top