Premier Wen Jiabao offered an eight-point plan designed to improve political dialogue, deepen cultural exchanges and strengthen financial co-operation between Asia and Europe as part of his address to the sixth Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem). Mr Wen proposed expanding dialogue and co-operation to ensure energy security and increasing support for the multilateral trading system. He also suggested China host the Asem workshop on bird flu control next year ahead of the next Asem in Beijing in 2008. '[We should set the goal of] making Asia and Europe more influential in addressing major global issues through expanding dialogue and co-operation,' he said. 'China attaches great importance to, and has taken an active part in, the process of Asia-Europe co-operation. 'We honour in good faith our international obligations and are assuming greater responsibility in the United Nations, the WTO and other multilateral institutions.' Kerry Brown, an associate fellow from London-based think-tank Chatham House, said it would take time to realise Mr Wen's plan. Dr Brown said China was facing problems establishing a political partnership with the EU because of diverse opinions among EU member states on political issues relating to China. He said the goal of raising Asia's and the EU's influence on global issues would also be hard to achieve because of a lack of political unity within the bloc. Mr Wen heads to London today for the second stop on his eight-day, four-nation tour to Europe and the central Asian state of Tajikistan. In London he will meet Prime Minister Tony Blair and Mr Blair's deputy, John Prescott. The leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations and international issues such as the crisis in the Middle East and Iran's nuclear programme, according to Zhang Shangsen, an official with the Chinese embassy in London. Mr Zhang said a series of agreements on trade and economics would also be signed. Also in the spotlight at the Asem was an encounter between Mr Wen and his outgoing Japanese counterpart, Junichiro Koizumi. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing confirmed Mr Koizumi greeted Mr Wen before the first-round Asem meeting on Saturday. 'He approached Mr Wen and said 'hello', then Mr Wen said 'hello' in return,' Mr Li said. A Japanese Foreign Ministry official accompanying Mr Koizumi said the encounter was brief and not pre-arranged. It was preceded by a conversation between Mr Koizumi and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.