China, Italy celebrate 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties

08:32, October 28, 2010      

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The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the Italian Embassy in Beijing held a reception here Wednesday evening to mark the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Senior Chinese legislator Uyunqimg and visiting Italian President Giorgio Napolitano attended the reception.

Uyunqimg, vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, said since China and Italy forged diplomatic ties in 1970, the two sides had enjoyed increasingly mature political ties, and scored progress in such areas as economy, science and technology, environmental protection, culture, education and agriculture.

Noting the activities under the title of "Year of Chinese Culture" had been unveiled in Italy this October, Uyunqimg said China was ready to take the opportunity of the events to push forward bilateral ties to a new high.

Napolitano said Italy attached great importance to the development of Italy-China relationship, and expressed his willingness to contribute to bilateral ties.

China and Italy set up a comprehensive strategic partnership during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's official visit to Italy in May 2004.

Statistics show that in the first five months of 2010, bilateral trade reached 15.96 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 34.3 percent year-on-year.



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