Chinese vice president: Friendship, co-op central theme of China-Romania relationship

09:26, October 21, 2009      

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Friendship and cooperation have always been the central theme of China-Romania relations in the past six decades, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said in Bucharest on Tuesday.

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (C) meets with Romanian friends in Bucharest, capital of Romania, Oct. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Addressing a seminar marking the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, Xi said Romania was among the first few countries to set up diplomatic relations with new China and it also devoted great efforts to the restoration of UN membership for the People's Republic of China in 1971.

Over the past 60 years, the peoples of the two countries have always stood side by side, offering firm support to each other in their struggle to defend national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, Xi said.

The two countries have also actively carried out multi-level, wide-ranging and all-round cooperation in economic and social areas, he said. Bilateral trade posted a 10-fold increase during 2000-2008, rising to 3.2 billion U.S. dollars from less than 300 million dollars, Xi said.

Cooperation in such areas as education, science & technology, culture, health and tourism has also been fruitful. On the world arena, China and Romania have maintained close cooperation, always ready for timely communication and coordination of their positions on major global and regional issues, he added.

The past 60 years have shown that friendship and cooperation have always been the main theme of Sino-Romania relations, Xi said.

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