Mr Yin Zonghua, Minister Counsellor of the People's Republic of China's Mission to the EU, stressed that METP was an important first step for more interactions to come: "We should have more programmes like this in which young professionals from China and the EU meet to promote mutual understanding, explore potential business opportunities, and help deepen further the economic and trade relations between China and the European Union.
During the discussion, both officials stressed the importance of exchange programmes like METP to significantly improve the cooperation and mutual understanding between European and Chinese managers.
METP, launched in 2006, has been extended by the European Commission and China this summer due to the constantly rising number of applicants and high rate of success achieved so far.
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We often observe that the Chinese really want to establish relationships for doing business -- METP is the ideal platform for this.
METP is a four-year initiative of the European Commission and the Chinese government and is divided into four intakes, each lasting ten months.
China Link boss Dr Kegang Wu revealed that Liverpool would host a member of Shanghai's Chamber of Commerce for three weeks this July as part of an METP
Building that confidence will be key if we are to continue to develop a deep and lasting EU-China trade relationship," said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton during a meeting with the latest METP participants in Beijing.
The final intake, METP 5, will start for both the European and Chinese managers on May 17 in Beijing.
Long-term objective of METP is to enhance and to sustainably improve the EU's relationship with China through exchange and economic cooperation.
METP will provide participants with a monthly living allowance (about 1.
For further information about application modalities, to download the application dossier and for general information about METP