PSD's Dragnea: Europe, China should climb the mountain together to know economic development benefits

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National leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea said Friday that Europe and China should climb the mountain together to get to know the benefits of economic development, alluding to an old Chinese adage.

"An old Chinese adage says he who does not climb the mountain, does not know how high the sky is. In my opinion, Europe and China should climb the mountain together to get to know the benefits of economic development, which brings prosperity to both countries. China certainly is a world economic power that has to be taken seriously and respected. China's development has certainly influenced the world's economic dynamics of the past decades significantly. So, China is a trustful ally of Europe, and I believe Central and Easter Europe are a gate to economic and commercial cooperation between the two continents that have two important pillars: China and the European Union," Dragnea told "Dilaogue between political parties form China and Central and Eastern Europe in 2017," organised by PSD at Parliament Palace in Bucharest.

He added that bilaterally, there is sustained cooperation between Romania and China, with Romania being interested first of all in the consolidation of economic and commercial interactions, as well as in keeping up the growth trends in Romanian exports to China.

"The areas of major interest for cooperation between Romania and China are the same as previously mentioned: energy, infrastructure, agriculture. In the energy sector alone, for instance, negotiations are underway of projects which combined value could exceed 7 billion US dollars over the next years. The Romanian Government and the ruling coalition are also supporting the establishment of industrial parks that could stand to benefit from highly qualified labour in Romania and China's expertise and production equipment. Romania is directly interested in drawing Chinese investment to become a part of the intermodal transport corridor to link Europe to China by capitalising on Constanta Port as a Black Sea transport and logistics hub, as well as on the Danube by developing regional waterway transport. We are hailing the contact between the European Union and China under the new mechanism of the connectivity platform, and we believe that there are excellent premises for a constructive engagement of both sides in projects of common interest," said Dragnea. AGERPRES (RO — author: Dana Piciu, editor: Florin Marin; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Rodica Ionita)

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