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China-Europe High-Level Political Party Forum

Updated: 2012-05-25 20:05

The China-Europe High-Level Political Party Forum, initiated by the CPC, was a platform for high-level, multi-lateral and strategic dialogue between politicial parties from China and the European Union.  

The forum was first held in Beijing in 2010, when China marked the 35th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties with the European Economic Community, the predecessor to the present-day European Union. The forum is one of more than 60 dialogue mechanisms that now exist between the two sides.

The 1st China-Europe High-Level Political Party Forum was held on May 24-25, 2010 in Beijing, reaching broad consensus on many major issues.

It was agreed that both China and Europe should increase comprehensive strategic cooperation to cope with global challenges, and political parties from both sides could play an important and leading role in this cooperation.

The meeting achieved positive results -- deepening mutual understanding and trust through in-depth exchanges of views on the international situation, financial crisis, climate change, environmental protection and China-Europe relations.

All representatives to the meeting from Chinese and European political parties agreed that they would work together to promote China-Europe party-to-party exchanges, saying that the forum had advanced China-Europe cooperation.

The two-day forum was themed: "Global Challenges and China-European Cooperation." Chinese officials from the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission as well as over 50 leaders and senior officials from various European political parties attended the forum.

The 2nd China-Europe High-Level Political Parties Forum was held on May 16-18, 2011 in Beijing and Tianjin. The theme of the Forum was "China's 12th Five-Year Plan and Europe's Strategy 2020: New Opportunities and Prospects for China-Europe Cooperation."

Over 30 European political parties and party groups, such as the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, and the Union for a Popular Movement of France, sent senior leaders to attend the forum.

The 2nd session of the 2nd China-Europe High-level Political Parties Forum was held on November 7-9, 2011 in Brussels.

Themed "China's 12th Five-Year Plan and Europe 2020 Strategy: New Opportunities and Prospects for China-Europe Cooperation", the forum is devised to promote political mutual-trust, expand consensus and explore new growth opportunities for practical cooperation between China and Europe, so as to further advance China-Europe relationship.

The 3rd China-Europe High-Level Political Parties Forum was held on May 28-30, 2012 in Brussels.

Themed "China and Europe Cooperate to Meet Challenges", it was attended by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, All China Federation of Trade Unions, MEPs, leaders from European political parties, entrepreneurs, scholars and press.

Its focus was on ways to strengthen cooperation in international issues and in economic, trade and financial areas. There was the China-Europe youth politicians dialogue on the sideline.

Its goal was to promote the continued growth of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

The 4th China-Europe High-Level Political Parties Forum will be held on April 22-23, 2013 in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China.

Themed "Promoting Win-Win Cooperation for New Breakthroughs in China-Europe Relations", it has three sub-forums with the following topics:

1. How to Build a Cooperative and Win-Win China-Europe Community of Common Destiny

2. China's Path of Peaceful Development and China-Europe Cooperation in International Affairs

3. China's New Development Objectives and China-Europe Concrete Cooperation

Leaders of 43 political parties from 26 European countries will participate in the forum. One party group from the European Parliament and representatives of three European think tanks will also attend, along with former Italian prime minister Massimo D'Alema. Some of the parties from major European countries, such as the Social Democratic Party of Germany, are coming to the forum for the first time.

During the upcoming forum, there will also be sideline events, such as exhibitions and tours to help European representatives to know more about China. They will be able to visit a Sino-German industrial park in Taicang, Jiangsu province, as well as a local community in Suzhou with around 6,000 households, in which they can have a closer look at how local innovation is helping to solve problems in caring for the aging population - in this case, by building an online service network to visit and help take care of the elderly. There will also be a China-Europe youth politicians dialogue.

The CPC is now in contact with more than 600 political parties and organizations in more than 160 countries and regions.