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China's Xi goes to Belgian factory on last leg of Europe tour

Published on Apr 1, 2014 10:32 PM
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping and King Philippe of Belgium discuss during a visit of car manufacturer Volvo Cars in Ghent on April 1, 2014. Winding up an 11-day visit to Europe taking in mega business deals and stately banquets, President Xi Jinping toured China's biggest Belgian factory Tuesday, a Volvo car plant. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Winding up an 11-day visit to Europe taking in mega business deals and stately banquets, President Xi Jinping toured China's biggest Belgian factory Tuesday, a Volvo car plant.

And before flying home he gave a keynote speech to 300 students and VIPs including Belgium's royal couple, calling for ever deeper bonds between China and Europe, who together make up a quarter of the world's population and represent a third of the world economy.

"The relationship between China and the EU has become one of the most important financial relationships in the world," said the Chinese leader who, in France, one of four stops on his tour, signed 50 deals worth 18 billion euros ($32 billion).

"Having said that, there is still room for greater growth in China-EU relations: their potential has yet to be fully tapped," Mr Xi said in the fairytale medieval town of Bruges in northern Flanders.

 
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