China, Lithuania pledge closer bilateral cooperation

08:08, June 17, 2010      

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A visiting senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) pledged here Tuesday to further comprehensive cooperation with Lithuania.

He Guoqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the commitment in a meeting with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

He Guoqiang said China highly valued relations with Lithuania and viewed it as China's important partner in the Baltic Sea region and the European Union (EU).

China appreciated Lithuania's adherence to the one-China policy, and would like to further the friendly cooperation in all areas and the healthy development of bilateral relations based on mutual respect, equality and reciprocity, he said.

He said relations between China and the EU had tended to be more comprehensive and strategic with the effective dialogues at various levels and closer coordination in the international and regional affairs.

China supported the European integration process and was happy to see the EU play a more constructive role in international affairs, said the senior Chinese official, adding China was ready to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the EU.

Grybauskaite, who is expected to visit the Shanghai World Expo in the second half of this year, said China had worked as a stabilizer of the world economy in international cooperation following the global financial crisis, and that China's development was an important opportunity for all countries.

The president said Lithuania would help promote relations between China and the EU.

Also on Tuesday morning, He and Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius attended a symposium for entrepreneurs from the two countries. The Chinese official put forward a three-point proposal to boost bilateral trade:

-- to explore new areas for cooperation on infrastructure, clean energy, environmental protection and high-tech industry;

-- to find new ways for trade cooperation by promoting investment, technology transfer, and human resources exploration; and

-- to improve new machanisms for cooperation by establishing and improving a regular dialogue mechanism and an enterprises cooperation fund.

More than 40 entreprenuers from both sides attended the symposium.

He Guoqiang concluded his visit to Lithuania Tuesday afternoon and headed for Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, for a transit visit there. He will then travel to Turkmenistan on Thursday, the last leg of his five-nation tour.

Source: Xinhua


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