Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday that China hopes to push forward its relations with Iran on the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence in the new century.
Hu told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi that China attached great importance to its relations with Iran, and hoped to develop relations on the basis of the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence.
The Chinese president noted that China-Iran relations had developed smoothly, characterized by frequent top-level visits and smooth cooperation in areas of trade, energy, telecommunications and transportation.
"Iran has become an important trade partner of China in the Middle East," Hu said.
"We appreciate and thank the Iranian Government for its firm support to China on the issue of Taiwan."
Hu said both China and Iran were developing countries in Asia, and both insisted on building a just and reasonable new world political and economic order.
The economies of the two countries were highly complementary and the potential for cooperation was great, Hu said.
Kharazi said Iran hoped to expand cooperation with China in all areas. He conveyed to Hu greetings from Iranian President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, and said the exchange of top level visits between the two countries had pushed forward the development of bilateral relations.
President Hu said that China opposes proliferation of nuclear weapons in any form, but supports international cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Hu told Kharazi that China appreciated the Iranian stance of strengthening cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the positive statement by Iran on the issue of signing the additional protocol for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Kharazi briefed Hu about Iran's stand on the nuclear issue. He said Iran had no plan to develop nuclear weapons, and its program in the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy was completely transparent.
Iran was willing to cooperate with the IAEA, he said.