China, Brazil push for closer bilateral ties

08:03, April 13, 2011      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Beijing, capital of China, April 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

China and Brazil on Tuesday clinched a host of government agreements and economic deals in Beijing to push for closer bilateral ties as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff paid her first state visit to Beijing.

After two-hour-long talks in the Great Hall of People in Beijing, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Rousseff witnessed the signing ceremony of eight cooperative agreements in areas like defense, technology and sports.

The two countries also announced that they have inked 13 economic deals during Rousseff's visit, her first state visit to China since she took office in January, which include a purchase order for 35 Brazil's Embraer 190 commercial jets.

The two heads of state also signed a joint communique at the signing ceremony, highlighting their "broad consensus" on areas ranging from trade to global governance.

"The two sides should maintain trade ties in a healthy and stable way and enhance cooperation on areas like trade, investment, energy, mining, infrastructure and finance," Hu told Rousseff.

Hu also urged stronger high-tech cooperation between the two countries, calling for cooperation on areas like clean technology, biotechnology, nano technology, information technology and space technology.

Besides, Hu called on the two countries to deepen strategic trust by expanding exchanges and to conduct personnel and cultural exchanges to facilitate friendship between the two peoples.

Rousseff hoped that "Brazil-China ties could see a qualitative leap" by advancing bilateral strategic partnership and promoting exchanges and cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, finance, technology, agriculture, infrastructure, mining and culture.

Closer trade and economic cooperation has been high on the agenda during the China visit by Rousseff, accompanied by a 300-strong business delegation.

While attending a seminar between entrepreneurs from China and Brazil earlier Tuesday with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, Rousseff called for a "more vigorous, diversified and balanced" relationship.

"We should increase the percentage of high value-added product in bilateral trade," said Rousseff.

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Source: Xinhua
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