Top Chinese legislator in Geneva for conference of parliament speakers

13:05, July 19, 2010      

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Wu Bangguo (R, front), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, arrives in Geneva, Switzerland, July 18, 2010. Wu is scheduled to attend the third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Geneva. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo arrived here on Sunday for the third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament after meeting Swiss leaders.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), will join parliamentary speakers of other countries and representatives of the United Nations to discuss inter-parliamentary cooperation at the conference, which starts Monday.

The broad theme for the conference is "parliaments in a world of crisis: securing global democratic accountability for the common good."

Wu will also meet parliamentary speakers as well as leaders of international organizations on the sidelines of the conference.

The top Chinese legislator arrived in Zurich on Friday for an official goodwill visit to Switzerland. He met Doris Leuthard, president of the Swiss Confederation on Sunday, and both sides agreed to expand bilateral cooperation.

China will work with Switzerland to advance bilateral ties, Wu told Leuthard.

While calling for cooperation in traditional sectors, the top Chinese legislator said there is great potential in cooperation between the two highly complementary economies, in sectors such as financial services, environmental protection, green economy and low-carbon technology.


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