The EU-China Business Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium on 29 June 2015 and was attended by over 400 delegates. The Chinese State Council premier Li Keqiang and EU commissioner Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker attended and presented at the event. CEAB vice-chairman Mr. Lin Ning headed a delegation of 6 companies at the event, including PetroChina International (London) Co., Ltd, China Construction Bank (London subsidiary), Agricultural Bank of China (London subsidiary), Air China UK representative office and Hytera Communications (UK) Co., Ltd.
CEAB board member China Daily UK office was also invited to attend as media reporters, and Asian Business Port (ABP) also attended the event.
The China-EU Business Forum is an important event in the calendars of the Chinese and EU leadership and is one of the business community’s highest level and largest scale events. This year’s China-EU Business Forum was jointly organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Business Europe, under the patronage of the China Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the European Commission DG for Trade.
The main theme of this summit was “Building a Stronger Partnership”, with the sub-themes of the green economy and sustainable development , new opportunities in China-EU investment cooperation, the digital economy, intersections between China’s “Made in China 2025” and the EU’s “Industry 4.0” policy, China-EU investment agreement negotiation development, innovation-driven development strategy, the internet economy and SME cooperation.
During Mr. Li Keqiang’s speech, he emphasized the importance of cultural and educational exchanges to China-EU cooperation. He also said that both sides should develop a leading role for high-level cultural and educational exchanges, and organise a “Year of China-EU Cultural Dialogue”, so as to further advance China-EU relations.
Mr. Juncker spoke about the importance of China as a trading partner and the need to continue to build stronger ties to get over the current economic crisis and face of global challenges.