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Premier Wen Jiabao Meets with Leaders of Slovakia and Other Central, Eastern European Nations


On April 26, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met respectively with leaders from Romania, Czech, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia on the sidelines of a China-Central and Eastern Europe leaders' meeting in Warsaw.

During a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, Wen said that China-Romania friendship has a long history. China will encourage its enterprises and financial institutions to hold in-depth discussions with Romania on large-scale infrastructure projects and to achieve substantive results of their cooperation. China is ready to expand cooperation with Romania in investment, agriculture, tourism and culture, Wen said.

Ungureanu said his government is devoted to pushing forward Romania-China relations and is ready to tap the full potential of cooperation with China in economy, trade and investment.

During a meeting with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, Wen said that since the two countries established diplomatic relations over 60 years ago, friendly cooperation has always been the theme of bilateral relations. He hoped the Czech Republic would honor its commitment to consolidating political mutual trust with China. China welcomes more investment and exports from Czech enterprises, and encourages Chinese companies to invest in Czech, Wen said.

Necas said his country would stick to the one-China policy, respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Economic and trade cooperation between the Czech Republic and China have enjoyed fruitful results and have broad prospects, he said, expressing hope that both sides will carry out more exchanges and cooperation.

When meeting with Montenegro's Prime Minister Igor Luksic, Wen said though China and Montenegro established their diplomatic relations not long ago, bilateral ties have been developing very well. The Chinese government encourages its companies to participate in the construction of roads and ports in Montenegro, and is ready to offer assistance for the renewal of Montenegrin merchant fleet and promote cooperation in maritime shipping.

Luksic thanked China for support of its economic development, and said he welcomed enhanced cooperation with China in such fields as energy, information and transportation.

In a meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Wen said this year marks the 20th anniversary of China-Croatia diplomatic relations. China is ready to promote high-level exchanges with Croatia, encourage its enterprises to participate in Croatia's port renovation and cross-border railway construction, and expand two-way investment and promote cooperation in tourism and civil aviation.

Milanovic said Croatia and China share important consensus on developing bilateral relations. Croatia is willing to give full play of its geographic advantages and promote cooperation with China in the fields of economy, trade and transportation.

In a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Wen said Hungary, which held the first China-Central and Eastern European Countries Economic and Trade Forum, has made important contributions to promoting economic and trade cooperation among them. China is confident of the economic recovery in Hungary and Europe, and is ready to work with Hungary to cope with the challenges together, Wen said.

Orban said Hungary and China share traditional friendship and it is very important for Hungary and Europe to strengthen cooperation with China, adding that he believes bilateral relations have a bright future.

When meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Wen said China is ready to promote high-level exchanges and consultations at all levels with Slovakia to promote mutual understanding and trust. China hopes Slovakia will continue to open its markets to China and promote the growth of bilateral trade, he said, adding that China is willing to conduct cooperation with Slovakia in the areas of infrastructure, investment, services and environmental protection to enrich bilateral ties.

Fico said his government adheres to the policy of developing friendly relations with China and maintaining the healthy development of bilateral ties. Slovakia is ready to expand economic and trade cooperation with China and welcomes Chinese investment in Slovakia's air transport.

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