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ssing $682 billion, and it is only natural that the two sides should seek to consolidate their trade and economic cooperation since it provides a solid foundati
on for strengthening their overall relationship, and they have everything to gain from building on the current g
ood momentum in their relations and docking their respective development strategies.
At the 21st China-EU Leaders’ Meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang is expected to underscore China’s resolve to deepen st
rategic mutual trust and cooperation with the EU, including on the Belt and Road Initiative that China has prop
osed as a means for improving global connectivity and shared development.
This year, Italy and Luxembourg signed memorandums of under
standing with China to jointly advance the construction of the Belt and Road, bringing to 22 the total num
ber of European countries that have signed cooperative agreements with China on the initiative.
It is not all hunky-dory of course, as two major powers, the two sides do differ on some issues, a
nd there are some disputes between them. However, their common interests far outweigh their differences.