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Li Keqiang Visits Local Achievements Exhibition of the 16+1 Cooperation
2018-07-07

On the morning of July 7, 2018 local time, Premier Li Keqiang visited a local achievements exhibition of 16+1 cooperation with the leaders of the 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

2018 is the China-CEEC Local Cooperation Year. Since the launch of the "16+1 cooperation" mechanism six years ago, with the joint efforts of China and the CEE countries, the local cooperation between the two sides has been solidly promoted with flourishing development, gaining positive results that benefit the two sides in connectivity, production capacity, infrastructure construction, economy and trade, green economy, as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

In front of the economic and trade cooperation booth, Li Keqiang was pleased when he learned that many products of Chinese enterprises were popular in CEE countries, and encouraged that China and CEE countries enjoy strong complementarities, so that the two-way opening-up will promote the scale of two-way trade and investment. China has many high-quality products with high price-performance ratio, which will for sure meet the needs of consumers in CEE countries. China also encourages Chinese enterprises to build local factories according to the market needs in CEE countries, so as to improve the localization level of their products.

In front of the Artificial Intelligent products booth, Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria tested the translating machines produced by Chinese enterprises with interest, and the sentence "Hello, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov!" was instantly translated into Bulgarian. Li Keqiang asked about the price of the machine and immediately bought one as a gift to Boyko Borissov. Then Boyko Borissov said happily through the translating machine, "Thank you, Chinese Premier!" Everyone responded with knowing laughter, and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

In front of the agricultural demonstration cooperation booth, personnel from Bulgaria talked with Li Keqiang about the feeling of cooperation with China, "the Chinese rice and vegetables we imported are growing well and are sold to the Western European markets..." Li Keqiang told the head of relevant departments of China that the agricultural cooperation demonstration area must be well managed and shall follow local laws and regulations, so as to effectively benefit people.

Li Keqiang and the prime ministers of various countries visited products such as locomotives and information and communication products produced by China. Seeing that China's information products and technologies have been cooperating with local partners to form a systemic application, Li Keqiang pointed out that it is a pleasure to see that China's local cooperation with CEE countries develops rapidly and vigorously. To improve market competitiveness and improve quality, Chinese enterprises and products must have the courage to accept consumer inspections in various foreign markets and explore diversified markets. China is willing to further open up the market, welcomes foreign marketable products to enter its market, and also supports China's cost-effective products to enter the diversified international market, so that both consumers have more and better choices, which is in line with the principle of trade liberalization and can achieve better mutual benefit and win-win results.

Xiao Jie and He Lifeng attended the activities.

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