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UPDATED: 11:20, April 11, 2007
China, Netherlands vow to strengthen ties
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Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende agreed to increase cooperation in economy, trade, science and agriculture when they met here Tuesday.

Hui, who arrived Sunday for a three-day visit to the Netherlands, said China and the Netherlands have engaged in pragmatic and fruitful cooperation since they established diplomatic ties 35 years ago. Bilateral ties have consolidated and mutual trust has deepened in these years, he said.

China appreciates the Dutch stance of adhering to the one-China policy, and has a positive view of the Dutch policy paper on China published last year, Hui said.

The two countries should keep up the momentum of high-level visits, increase cooperation in economy and trade, agriculture, water conservation, science, logistics and other fields, the vice premier said.

China is keen to learn from the Dutch experience in social security, rural development and the construction of small towns, he said.

Hui said China has a strategic view of China-European Union (EU) relations and hopes that the Dutch government can make greater contribution to the partnership between China and the EU.

Balkenende said the rapid development of China's economy offered ever greater space for bilateral cooperation, and the Dutch policy document on China was an inevitable result of the development of bilateral relations.

The Dutch government is willing to cooperate more closely with China in politics, economy, science, agriculture, forestry and other fields, the prime minister said. The two countries can learn from each other and can also complement each other, he said.

Balkenende commended the active role China played in international affairs and said he will continue to promote the comprehensive development of China-EU relations.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Netherlands. Throughout the year a series of activities have been planed in both countries, including art shows, seminars and official visits.

The Netherlands is the first leg of Hui's four-nation European tour, which will also take him to Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

Source: Xinhua

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