China pledges 'active support' to debt-stricken Europe
(VIENNA) - China's trade minister Chen Deming pledged "active support" to debt-stricken Europe on Monday, hinting at investments from Beijing without specifying whether these would go into the EU's debt rescue fund.
"All countries sit in the same boat. We have to stick together so that Europe can recover," Chen was quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency in Vienna, where he was accompanying Chinese President Hu Jintao on a state visit.
Earlier, Hu had said he was "convinced" that Europe could overcome the current debt crisis, after talks with Austrian President Heinz Fischer.
Hu's two-day visit to Austria comes amid hopes that Beijing might invest in the EU's debt rescue fund and ahead of a G20 meeting in Cannes, France, on Thursday and Friday.
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