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BUCHAREST, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta Monday defended cooperation with China, saying that a circular letter on China distributed by the European Union during a summit between Chinese and Central and Eastern European leaders held last month was not only uninspired, but also lacked vision.

According to local media, during the summit between China and the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries held on Nov. 26 in Bucharest, the EU sent a circular letter to the CEE leaders, asking them to maintain the common European policy in bilateral and multilateral negotiations with China.

"Brussels' reaction as showed in the leaked circular, in which we were told what to do and what not to do when the Chinese premier comes, was not only uninspired, but also showed a lack of vision that actually grinds Europe and Brussels," said Ponta at a local debate of the Aspen Institute Romania.

The prime minister said that presence in Bucharest of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other fifteen heads of government in the region was an "opportunity" for his country as "Romania has emerged as an interesting partner for China and other countries in the region."

"Even without any circular, I stated very clearly, so did the Polish, the Slovak, the Hungarian and the Bulgarian prime ministers, that we respect all decisions of the European Union, and even more, we want to learn from Germany, or France or Italy so as to have better relations with China," Ponta stressed.

Highlighting mutual respect and win-win cooperation, the summit, the second of its kind, concluded with an action guideline on boosting common development between China and CEE countries as well as the whole European Union.

The guideline will not only vigorously promote China's cooperation with CEE nations, but also is conducive to European integration and the deepening of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership, said Li after the summit.

Before the summit, Li said in a signed article published by the British daily Telegraph that China will, as always, firmly support Europe's integration process, stressing that a united, stable and prosperous Europe is in the interests of the world and China.

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