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Yang Xiong Meets Ambassador of the European Union to China

    Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong met with H.E. Hans Dietmar Schweisqut, the EU ambassador to China and his party on January 22.

    Yang Xiong said that Shanghai and the EU have had friendly ties for a long time and our economic and trade relations have also been very close. At present, the EU countries have 24 consulates-general in Shanghai, and Shanghai is twinned with 18 cities in the EU, with which we have conducted friendly exchange and cooperation in many areas. In the past year and more, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has made significant progress in its building and this year it will, in accordance with the state plan, further expand its scope, reform and opening up and draw a new edition of the negative list. We will widely solicit comments and suggestions of the foreign businesses including those from the EU, in an effort to create a more favorable business environment stressing international integration, marketization and rule of law. Shanghai will continue to forge ahead with turning itself into an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center, and will also build a scientific & technological innovation center with a global reach. All this will provide new opportunities for the cooperation and exchange between Shanghai and the EU. He believed that with the personal care and help of the ambassador, the cooperation and exchange between Shanghai and the EU in the economic, trade, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields will deepen steadily.

    Ambassador Schweisqut expressed his appreciation for Shanghai’s development objectives and measures, saying that between the EU and Shanghai there have been frequent exchanges and extensive cooperation and that many EU enterprises with investment in Shanghai pay high attention to opportunities brought about by the Free Trade Zone and they wish to better participate in Shanghai’s development. The EU will intensify its cooperation and exchange with Shanghai and together we promote common growth.

    Mr. Stefano Beltrame, consul general of Italy in Shanghai and others were present at the meeting