Chinese vice president discusses cooperation with Finnish president

09:31, March 27, 2010      

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Visiting Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping on Friday held talks in Helsinki With Finnish President Tarja Halonen on efforts to further cooperative relations.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) holds talks with Finnish President Tarja Halonen in Helsinki, Finland, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Xi conveyed greetings from Chinese President Hu Jintao to the Finnish president and said his visit aimed to boost bilateral ties to a new high on the basis of achievements made since diplomatic relations were established 60 years ago.

Xi said Finland was one of the first Western countries that established diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China, adding that the development of the relations was won by the hard work of several generations of leaders from both sides.

He said bilateral ties have weathered various tests and enjoy stable development because the two sides stick to principles including equality, mutual benefit, mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns.

He said China appreciates Finland's persistent adherence to the one-China policy and its understanding and support regarding the issues related to Tibet, anti-terrorism and human rights.

After their meeting, the two leaders attended the signing ceremony of economic and technological cooperation documents.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) holds talks with Finnish President Tarja Halonen in Helsinki, Finland, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

The Chinese vice-president proposed three aspects that the two countries can cooperate further in -- firstly, expansion of cooperation in such new sectors as environmental protection, energy saving, emission reduction, financing and exchange of labor forces; secondly, encouragement of two-way investment, and thirdly, further strengthening of cultural exchanges.

The Finnish president spoke highly of Xi's visit, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"We aspire to strengthen cooperation with China in such areas as trade and economy, science and technology, jurisdiction, energy saving and social security, so as to further bilateral relations," the president said.

During their talks, the two leaders also touched upon such issues as climate change and Sino-European Union ties.

The Chinese vice president explained to his hostess about China's stance on the issue of climate change and about China's efforts made to facilitate the continuation of the negotiations started at the Copenhagen conference.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R, front) holds talks with Finnish President Tarja Halonen (L, front) in Helsinki, Finland, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

"China attaches great significance to its relations with the European Union," Xi said, "China is willing and prepared to work with the European Union to further bilateral relations through promoting mutual trust and deepening cooperation."

The Chinese vice president is currently on a European tour that already has taken him to Russia and Belarus. He is also scheduled to visit Sweden.

Source: Xinhua
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