China, Cyprus pledge to strengthen ties

13:07, June 10, 2010      

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Cyprus President Demetris Christofias (2nd L) meets with Wang Gang (1st R), member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, in Nicosia, capital of Cyprus, June 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Qiang)

A senior Chinese official and Cypriot President Demetris Christofias agreed in Nicosia Wednesday to continuously advance relations of the two nations.

The bilateral ties are built upon a profound traditional friendship and a solid political foundation, Christofias said at a meeting with Wang Gang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body.

Christofias said Cyprus attaches great importance to the development of its ties with China and will also make continued efforts to boost EU-China relations.

Wang, on his part, said both China and Cyprus firmly defend their independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and have trusted and supported each other on many major issues.

The two countries are all-weather friends and partners, he added.

Wang expressed appreciation for Cyprus's support on issues concerning China's core interests

Viewing the bilateral ties through strategic and long-term lenses, China is ready to work with Cyprus to further expand exchanges, deepen cooperation in various fields and raise bilateral ties to a new level, he said.

Wang also met Cypriot parliament speaker Marios Karoyian on Wednesday. They stressed the importance of inter-parliamentary exchanges in promoting bilateral ties and pledged to deepen the exchanges between the CPPCC and the Cypriot parliament.

China and Cyprus will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations next year.



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