Chinese vice president meets Romanian premier on bilateral ties

08:05, October 21, 2009      

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Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) meets with Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc in Bucharest, capital of Romania, Oct. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc in Bucharest on Tuesday, calling for new prospects for bilateral relations.

Xi first conveyed to Boc warm greetings from China's Premier Wen Jiabao. He said that on Oct. 5, 1949, Romania became the third nation in the world to forge diplomatic ties with new China. The past six decades have witnessed a steady development of Sino-Romanian ties, a relationship that is long-lasting, all-round and stable, he said.

Xi said China highly appreciates the consistent position of the Romanian government to respect and support the Chinese government on issues concerning China's core interests.

Noting that bilateral ties are now at their best and enjoy a broad future, Xi pledged China's readiness to work with Romania and open up new prospect for their bilateral ties.

Xi said that bilateral trade between China and Romania had expanded quickly these years, soaring from less than 300 million U.S. dollars in 2000 to 3.2 billion dollars in 2008. Further enhancing their trade and economic cooperation is of great significance for the two countries to tackle world financial crisis and boost their economic recovery, he added.

He urged the two countries to strengthen cooperation in agriculture sectors, enhance agro-technical exchanges and trade of farm produce so as to help ease the existing trade imbalance between the two countries.

For his part, Boc said Xi's current tour, which marked the 60thbirthday of the People's Republic of China and the diplomatic ties between the two countries served to give a strong impetus to bilateral ties.

Boc expressed Romania's hope to expand economic and trade cooperation with China and see increased investment from China in electrical power, infrastructure construction and other fields.

He also spoke highly of the agreements signed during Xi's visit on bilateral cooperations on economy, finance, technology, agriculture, culture and other fields, adding that the agreements would promote all-round development of bilateral ties.

He reiterated Romania's adherence to one China policy.

Source: Xinhua
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