Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao sought Friday to boost economic cooperation with the European Union to confront the global downturn, two months after Beijing cancelled a summit with the EU over Tibet. In talks with top EU officials in Brussels, Wen's first visit in five years, his delegation affirmed that China was facing some of the same problems as the 27-nation bloc. "We have spoken about the economic and financial crisis that we must confront together," EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said after a first round of talks. "They are also facing great challenges, like unemployment.