Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha on Friday in Tirana vowed to uphold the one-China policy and deepen friendly ties with China.
Berisha made the overture in his meeting with visiting Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, according to a press release from the Albanian Council of Ministers.
He said Albania will firmly develop relations with China, hoping for the expansion of cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and trade, as well as infrastructure.
The two countries should also enhance coordination and cooperation in key issues in the region and the world, he said, adding that the Balkan country expects China to make its contribution to the settlement of the Kosovo issue.
Berisha welcomed investments from China in his country, especially in the energy and mining sectors.
The Chinese deputy foreign minister said China and Albania have huge potential to develop ties as they enjoy good foundations based on traditional friendship.
"Cooperation between the two countries must be extended even in other fields and I express my pleasure for the increase of mutual trade exchanges," he said.
Zhang arrived here Thursday for political consultations between the Chinese and Albanian foreign ministries. Earlier this week, he attended the first round of the China-EU strategic dialogue in London.