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UPDATED: 16:06, May 27, 2007
Top legislator's visit deepens political trust, boost cooperation: official
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Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo's Africa and Europe tour has helped deepen political trust and boost practical cooperation between China and the three nations that he has just visited, said a senior official who accompanied Wu on the tour.

Wu arrived in Beijing Sunday morning after wrapping up his visits to Egypt, Hungary and Poland.

During the visit, Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), met with the three nation's top leaders, government officials and parliament speakers, exchanging views on bilateral relations, inter-parliamentary cooperation and important regional and international issues of common concern.

Cao Weizhou, deputy secretary general of the NPC Standing Committee, told reporters en route to Beijing that Wu's visit, one of China's major diplomatic efforts this year, has helped deepen political trust and advance practical cooperation with the three countries.

The summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum last year in Beijing helped cement a new strategic relationship between China and African nations. At the summit, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced eight measures to strengthen China's cooperation with African countries. President Hu visited eight African countries earlier this year.

Wu's African tour was aimed at putting into effect the common ground Chinese and African leaders had reached at the Beijing summit and promoting the implementation of the agreements of the meeting, Cao said.

In Egypt, Wu exchanged views with Egyptian leaders on bilateral ties and international and regional issues of common concern.

In Hungary, his discussions with Hungarian leaders focused on developing Chinese-Hungarian ties and Chinese-European ties while in Poland, Wu reiterated China's stance on the issues of Taiwan, Tibet and human rights.

China and the three countries expressed hope that both sides will strengthen consultation and coordination to better safeguard their common interests, Cao said.

The visit to Egypt also identified the field and way to boost bilateral economic and trade cooperation, he said.

Both China and Egypt agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in such fields as infrastructure, tourism, investment and telecommunications. They also pledged to work jointly to make the ongoing cooperative projects an example for the rest ones.

During his stay in Hungary, Wu discussed the broad prospect for bilateral cooperation in such fields as trade, infrastructure, processing industry, tourism, science and technology.

The Hungarian side vowed to make Hungary a bridgehead for China-Europe cooperation and the center for logistics, finance and trade in the China-Europe ties.

In Poland, Wu said the two countries should find new ways of cooperation, encourage two-way investment and encourage enterprises to play a key role in boosting bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Cao said Wu's visits, the first-ever to Hungary and Poland and the first in recent 12 years to Egypt by an NPC Standing Committee chairman, forged closer inter-parliamentary relations.

Wu and speakers of the three parliaments agreed to strengthen the understanding and friendship between the peoples, boost political mutual trust, forge the practical cooperation by strengthening inter-parliamentary exchanges.

Wu's tour has deepened the three nations' understanding of China's development path and achievements in modernization, Cao said.

During the tour, Wu briefed leaders of the three countries on China's socialism with Chinese characteristics, which has brought China profound and significant changes. He said the road, suiting China's national conditions, confirming to the trend of the times and representing the Chinese people's will, has brought China a bright prospect.

Leaders of the three countries appreciated China's achievements and praised China's important role in international affairs, according to Cao.

Source: Xinhua


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