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Chinese president meets with foreign leaders
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09:05, August 10, 2008

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Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday met separately with several foreign leaders in the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing.

The foreign leaders included President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Lee Myung bak, President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar, Uzbek President Islam Karimov, and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The leaders all attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, held in the National Stadium in north Beijing on Friday night.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Lee Myung bak during their meeting in Beijing, China, Aug. 9, 2008. Lee Myung bak attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night.

In his meeting with the ROK president, Hu called for more efforts from all parties involved to advance the six-party talks to a new stage.

"We hope all parties of the six-party talks enhance communication and coordination, try to implement the second phase action of the talks soon in a comprehensive and balanced way, and advance the talks to a new stage," said Hu.

He reaffirmed China's consistent support for the reconciliation and cooperation between the north and south of the Korean Peninsula.

The ROK president responded that the six-party talks are progressing on the right track, and the ROK will strive to promote the development of south-north relations in the right direction.

On the China-ROK relationship, President Hu said the relationship is heading in the right direction, and he is looking forward to his forthcoming state visit to the ROK.

Lee said the ROK government and people are pleased with the establishment and development of the strategic partnership with China and are looking forward to Hu's visit.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during their meeting in Beijing, China, Aug. 9, 2008. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night.

Meeting with President Arroyo, Hu said that trade and economic cooperation between China and the Philippines in recent years has maintained rapid development and brought concrete benefits to the two peoples.

"We hope China and the Philippines forge ahead with the existing trade and economic cooperation projects, and explore new fields of cooperation at the same time," Hu said.

Hu also thanked Arroyo for her invitation of 100 Chinese children from the quake-battered areas to visit the Philippines for rehabilitation.

Reiterating the Philippines' adherence to the one-China policy, Arroyo said that her country looks forward to deepening and expanding cooperation with China in various fields.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar during their meeting in Beijing, China, Aug. 9, 2008. Nambaryn Enkhbayar attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night.

In the meeting with his Mongolian counterpart, Hu said that China and Mongolia are on a smooth track of developing their relations, and the two countries have broad potentials and bright prospects in friendly cooperation.

He said that the two countries will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties next year, and hoped that the two sides could hold various activities to enhance friendship and bolster exchanges.

On the basis of the principle of seeking mutual benefits and a win-win outcome, the two sides should widen and deepen their practical cooperation, and strengthen cooperation under the frameworks of the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization and northeast Asia cooperation, he added.

Enkhbayar said the Mongolian government of successive terms have all attached great importance to developing relations with China. Mongolia hopes to maintain high-level bilateral exchanges, boost cooperation in various fields including infrastructure, and cooperate and coordinate closely with China on international and regional issues, said the president.


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Beijing, China, Aug. 9, 2008. Islam Karimov attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night.

Meeting with the Uzbek president, Hu pledged that China will continue to provide assistance for Uzbekistan's economic and social development, and will deepen bilateral cooperation.

The two countries have scored remarkable achievements in their security cooperation, and the Chinese side wants to further enhance such cooperation, said Hu.

President Karimov said the Uzbek people will never forget the support and assistance from the Chinese people, and his country hopes to expand concrete cooperation with China in various fields.

He reaffirmed Uzbekistan's support for China's efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, saying that his country will continue to cooperate with China in combating the "three evil forces" (of terrorism, separatism and extremism).


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during their meeting in Beijing, China, Aug. 9, 2008. Kevin Rudd attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night.

While meeting with the Australian prime minister, Hu said that the development of Sino-Australian relations has maintained a good momentum and is showing a promising future.

Faced with a complex and changing global financial situation and soaring petroleum and grain prices, China and Australia should join hands to cope with the global challenges, Hu said.

"We'd like to work together with Australia to deepen our practical cooperation in extensive fields, steadily promote the negotiations on bilateral free trade agreement, and push forward our comprehensive cooperation based on mutual benefits," he added.

Rudd said Australia hopes to strengthen practical cooperation with China, and will unswervingly adhere to the one-China principle.

Source: Xinhua



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