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EU-China : agreeing to disagree

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By Euronews
EU-China : agreeing to disagree

<p>It was all smiles as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rolled in to Brussels on Thursday to meet his EU counterparts. Despite those pleasantries, finding common ground, particularly on issues concerning trade – up to now at least – has proved tricky. <br /> But, on surely his last official visit as China’s leader to Europe, Wen tried to play down the differences between the two global partners. </p> <p>“Whatever problems may come our way, as long as we stick to equal dialogue and consultations, we will be able to expand consensus, reduce differences and achieve a win-win scenario,” Chinese PM Wen Jiabao said. </p> <p>On Europe’s economic woes Wen was equally confident the eurozone would overcome its debts. He also defended Beijing’s role in the crisis so far. </p> <p>“Over the past few months, China has continued to invest in the bonds of the eurozone governments and those of the <span class="caps">EFSF</span>. China will continue to play its part in helping resolve the European debt issue through appropriate channels,” Wen said. </p> <p>One long-standing area of disagreement the two appeared to have much moved closer on was the environment, with the signing of a deal to cut CO2 gases. That should see Beijing develop its own emissions trading scheme. </p> <p>euronews spoke to Professor Gustaaf Geeraerts, director of the Brussels based Institute of Contemporary China Studies to find out more about where EU-China relations are heading. To see the full interview, please click on the video link above.</p>