The SSTL project was launched in 2006 as a pilot project between the European Union and China as the first Asian country. The participating Member States were then the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. From 2010 (when the second phase of the project was launched), other EU Member States joined the EU: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. This project aims to test the security and security recommendations of the World Customs Organization`s standard framework for containers and to facilitate the exchange of customs data, risk management cooperation, mutual recognition of customs controls and trade partnership programmes. The 120 trade routes, which involve 200 economic operators between 16 seaports, will no doubt facilitate trade between China and participating EU countries, as the loading and unloading of containers will require less control and customs assistance. In 1996, China and Russia established the mechanism for regular meetings between the prime ministers of the two countries. In the same year, the two countries established the Committee of Chinese and Russian Deputy Prime Ministers, which heads ten subcommittees on economics and trade, energy, transport, nuclear energy, science and technology, aeronautics and space, finance, information, civil aviation and environmental protection. These subcommittees have achieved a number of remarkable successes in promoting economic and trade relations between the two countries: first, the extent of bilateral trade increased sharply to $52.19 billion between January and November 2008, and the goal proposed by the leaders of both countries is to increase the volume of bilateral trade to $60-80 billion in 2010. , is done in advance. Second, mutual investment has increased from scratch and has become increasingly active, with the current size of investment exceeding $2 billion, mainly in energy, natural resource development, forestry, trade, appliances, communication, construction, manufacturing, metallurgy, chemical industry, transportation and other sectors. Third, economic and technological cooperation has been implemented in various areas, for example. B the project for the first phase of the Tianwan nuclear power plant has been commissioned; The two sides continue to launch large-scale cooperation in the fields of energy, nuclear energy, high technology, aerospace and other sectors, giving new impetus to the economic development of both countries.
Fourth, cooperation in the awarding of project contracts and employment service contracts is progressing well. At the end of 2007, the value of employment service contracts and project contracts signed between the two parties was $8.22 billion and revenue was $4.46 billion. Fifth, economic and trade cooperation is increasingly active in border areas, from the creation of industrial parks in two areas adjacent to the production of textiles, appliances and other daily necessities, to modern logistics, wood processing, resource development, financial services and many other forms of cooperation. Cooperation plays an active role in promoting local economic development and improving people`s standard of living. After the end of the Cold War, relations with Europe were not as high a priority for China as its relations with the United States, Japan and other Asian powers. However, interest in closer relations increased as economic contacts intensified and interest in a multipolar system grew. Although European leaders first imposed an arms embargo on China after Tiananmen (see «arms embargo below»), European leaders eased China`s isolation. The growth of the Chinese economy attracted the attention of many European visitors and, in return, Chinese businessmen began to visit Europe frequently.