China, Brazil pledge to promote strategic partnership, strengthen cooperation

09:24, April 16, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva agreed in Brasilia Thursday to promote the Sino-Brazilian strategic partnership and further strengthen bilateral cooperation.

According to a joint press communique issued on Thursday, the two leaders spoke positively of the development of bilateral ties since the two countries forged a strategic partnership in 1993, and stressed that the two sides are willing to cement the partnership in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) holds talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, Brazil, April 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

During Hu's visit to Brazil, the two leaders held talks on bilateral relations and regional and international issues of common concern, and agreed that the visit has further promoted the China-Brazil strategic partnership, said the communique.

Lula reiterated Brazil's adherence to the one-China policy,and China appreciated the Brazilian stand, the communique said.

The two sides commended the 2010-2014 Joint Action Plan signed between the two governments during the visit, and agreed that the document has reflected the extensive and profound cooperation between the two countries. They agreed to implement the joint action plan at an early date.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hold a joint briefing for the media after their talks in Brasilia, Brazil, April 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

The communique said Lula expressed deep condolences to China over a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit northwest China's Qinghai Province on Wednesday, which has killed 760 people and left 243 others missing and 11,477 injured. President Hu thanked the Brazilian side for expressing its condolences to China.

President Lula thanked China for giving support to Rio de Janeiro's successful bid for hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, while the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in hosting large-scale sports events and the training of athletes.

The two leaders agreed that Brazil's participation in the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is of great significance as the Brazilian Pavilion will promote the cultural understanding between the two countries and the friendship between the two peoples, and will create opportunities for Sino-Brazilian trade and two-way investment.

The two sides also agreed that both countries have made quick response to and taken effective measures in the global financial crisis, and that the two countries have maintained a stable macro-economic foundation and kept their bilateral trade volume at the pre-crisis level. Both sides are satisfied with such a development.

President Hu and Lula pledged to keep up the momentum of growth in bilateral trade and two-way investment, especially in fields with high added value. To this end, the two sides agreed to promote cooperation in the aviation sector and encourage related enterprises from both sides to explore new cooperation opportunities.

China and Brazil also agreed to promote cooperation and dialogue in food safety, infrastructure, energy, space technology, military and law enforcement.

The two heads of state said the bilateral strategic partnership has been ever closer in multilateral frameworks including the Group of 20, the World Trade Organization, the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China)nations and the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) nations.

They agreed that emerging economies will make more and more important contributions to tackling global crises and pushing forward the building of a more fair, just, balanced and inclusive international order.

They shared the view that extensive reforms should be made so that developing countries can have a greater representation and a bigger say in international bodies including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations.

The two leaders said China and Brazil should step up cooperation in multilateral and regional affairs through strategic dialogue, political consultation and coordination, according to the joint communique.

At the invitation of Lula, President Hu paid a state visit to Brazil on Wednesday and Thursday.

He is also scheduled to attend the second summit of the BRIC countries scheduled for Thursday in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia.



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