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of cooperation, defined key areas and strengthened the mechanism to seek high-quality development of the BRI, he said.
Leaders reached wide-ranging agreement on high-qu
ality cooperation on the BRI at the leaders’ roundtable on Saturday after an i n-depth exchange of views on issues such as connectivity, policy integration and sustainable development.
They supported comprehensive infrastruc
ture connectivity as a way to foster economic growth and to build high-q uality, reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, according to a joint communique issued after the roundtable.
ties involved supported strengthening synergies in development policies using the principle of extensive consultations, joint contributions for shared benefits and building even closer partnerships, the joint communique said.
The leaders also upheld green and sustaina
ble growth and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as environ mental protection, circular economy and clean energy, according to the communique.
fivefold in the past few years, which helps reduce trade disparities with developed
economies. He called on all CEE nations to take th
e opportunity to deepen economic and trade cooperation with China. Zhong Shan, minister of commerce, said over 1,000 people participated, the most since th
e event started nine yea rs ago. “It demonstrates the increasing confidence in the forum and cooperation with China at large,” he said.
t years, China’s trade with CEE nations has seen rapid growth. According to the Ministry of Commerce, China’s imports from the countries have risen by 24.6 percent to $23 billion. Chinese compan
ies have invested over $10 billion in CEE nations, which in turn have injected more than $1.5 billion into China,
focusing on machinery, auto compone
nts, the chemical industry, financing and environmental protection. After the forum, Li and Plenkovic attended an exhibition of Chin
a-CEEC education cooperation and a dialogue mechanism to boost cooperation among small an
d medium-sized enterprises from both sides. Before leaving for Beijing, Li also had separate