China, Iceland agree to expand ties

13:04, June 10, 2010      

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He Guoqiang (L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, meets with Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir in Reykjavik, Iceland, on June 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

He Guoqiang, a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official, and Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir agreed in Reykjavik Wednesday that China and Iceland will work together to further expand their relations in all fields.

During his meeting with Sigurdardottir, He, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, spoke highly of the new progress in Sino-Icelandic friendly cooperation in all fields and appreciated Iceland's positions on issues concerning China's core interests.

The CPC senior official, who arrived here Tuesday evening after concluding his visit to Italy, made a four-point proposal for further developing ties between China and Iceland.

Firstly, high-level dialogue and exchange of visits between the two countries should be maintained and deepened to constantly enhance mutual political trust, He said.

Secondly, the two countries should further expand mutually beneficial cooperation in trade and economy, science and technology, tap the potential of bilateral cooperation, strengthen cooperation in fisheries, use of geothermal heat, and ship building as well as explore new areas of cooperation.

Thirdly, people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries should be further enhanced to consolidate the foundation of bilateral ties.

Fourthly, both countries should enhance coordination in multilateral fora, and strengthen consultation and cooperation in efforts to deal with the global financial crisis and climate change, the CPC official said.


He Guoqiang (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, meets with Icelandic Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson in Reykjavik, Iceland, on June 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

China highly appreciates the positive measures the Iceland government has taken to tackle the financial crisis, said He.

Cooperation documents signed by the two sides during his current visit to Iceland are a new achievement in bilateral practical cooperation and can serve as an important foundation for expanding cooperation in all fields, said the CPC official.

Sigurdardottir told He that the international financial crisis has gravely impacted the Icelandic economy.

In its efforts to reconstructure its national economy, Iceland has drawn from China's successful experience and is grateful to China for its support, said the Icelandic prime minister.

2011 will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Iceland and China, said Sigurdardottir, hoping that both sides will take the opportunity to push forward their friendly cooperation.

On Wednesday morning, He also met with Icelandic Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson, briefing him on China's basic principles on its economic development and its efforts to help build a harmonious world.

Skarphedinsson said Iceland highly appreciates China's equal treatment of all countries, no matter whether they are big or small.

Iceland is willing to further strengthen cooperation with China in clean energy, polar area development, education and science and technology, the Icelandic foreign minister said, adding that he is fully confident of the prospects of the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.


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