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China, Italy pledge closer cooperation

(Xinhua)

17:00, March 31, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 31, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti held a talk in Beijing on Saturday, pledging to boost bilateral ties.

"As strategic partners, China and Italy have enjoyed a sound political relationship and mutually complementary economies, which have served as a good foundation for bilateral cooperation," Wen said during his talk with Monti.

Wen said China attaches great importance to Italy's leverage in European and international affairs, adding that both nations share broad prospects for bilateral relations.

"As a major exporter and manufacturer, Italy is capable of achieving sustainable economic growth through reform," Wen said.

Wen said he appreciates Monti's commitment to carrying out reform and developing Italy's relationship with China.

The Chinese side is ready to start creating new cooperative programs with Italy and hopes to give full play to the China-Italy Governmental Committee, which was launched in 2004, to deepen coordination on economic matters, Wen said.

"The Chinese government has encouraged domestic enterprises to expand their investment in Italy and hopes that the Italian side will push the European Union to create a more open and convenient investment environment for them," Wen said, adding that Italian enterprises are welcome to expand their market share in China.

"With its vibrant culture, Italy is highly innovative and has a large number of dynamic medium- and small-sized enterprises," Wen said, adding that he believes Italy will successfully deal with an unfavorable external economic environment and achieve new growth, thanks to its solid economic foundation, great potential and ongoing reform.

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