China's Premier Wen Jiabao (C), Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) listen during a business summit at the Institute of Directors, in London February 2, 2009. [Xinhua]
LONDON -- Premier Wen Jiabao sounded a note of optimism Monday in London and pointed to signs of economic recovery in China as indicating there is "light at the end of the tunnel" regarding the ongoing global financial crisis.
"There is light at the end of the tunnel ... I am calling for confidence, cooperation and responsibility, I've been calling for that all along because if we do that we can save the world."
The conference was also attended by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is preparing to host a summit of world leaders in April at which new measures to tackle the credit crisis will be outlined.
In a joint statement, China and the UK Sunday vowed to work together to ensure the summit produces concrete solutions to the crisis.
They also pledged to push WTO negotiations, reform the international financial system and support emerging economies to have a bigger say in financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Signs of recovery were seen in the final days of 2008 and China will maintain economic growth of "about 8 percent" this year, Wen said on Sunday.
"During the last 10 days of December it started to get better. The goods piled up in port started to decrease and the price of industrial products started to rise," Wen said.
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