Chinese vice-president makes proposal to further ties with Hungary

10:25, October 17, 2009      

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Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met here Friday with Hungarian President Solyom Laszlo, and put forward a four-point proposal to help further bilateral relations.

The Chinese vice-president proposed to maintain high-level contacts aimed at cementing friendship, to enhance economic cooperation and investment aimed at balancing trade, to improve personnel exchanges aimed at furthering understanding, and to join hands in promoting a healthy development of China-European Union relations.

Hungarian President Solyom Laszlo (R) meets with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Budapest, capital of Hungary, Oct. 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

"No matter what changes have taken place in the international arena or in the two countries, China-Hungary relations will develop steadily," Xi said during his talks with Solyom Laszlo.

The Chinese vice-president recalled that China and Hungary had deepened political trust, increased trade and mutual investment, and enhanced cultural exchanges in recent years, with a highlight being Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Hungary in 2004.

Hungarian President Solyom Laszlo (4th R) holds talks with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd L) in Budapest, capital of Hungary, Oct. 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

"Experience shows that, as long as the two countries maintain mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, cooperation in all areas will be cemented," Xi added.

The Hungarian president said his country would promote cooperation with China on trade, culture, education and environmental protection.

Hungary would also play a positive role in improving China-EU relations, he added.

Source: Xinhua
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