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Sino-Finnish cooperation enjoys great potential

2010. 26 March

by Xinhua
( Sino-Finnish relations have made remarkable progress and cooperation between the two countries enjoys great potential, Chinese Ambassador to Finland Huang Xing said.

Sino-Finnish relations are a role model for countries with different social systems and different cultural traditions to treat each other as equals, maintain friendly exchanges and cooperation of mutual benefits, Huang told Xinhua in a recent interview prior to Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Finland.

Although Finland, known as "land of a thousand lakes," is geographically far from China, the two countries enjoy traditional friendship, Huang said, noting that Finland was one of the first western countries that established diplomatic ties with the People's Republic of China.

The past six decades since the two countries formed diplomatic ties in 1950 have seen sound and steady development of their bilateral relations, Huang said, adding that the relations have reached an unprecedented scale particularly in the past 30 years.

Huang said the two countries have given priority to developing their bilateral ties, noting that the Finnish government has consistently adhered to the one-China policy and actively promoted the development of China-EU relations. In recent years, frequent high-level exchanges have given great impetus to bilateral ties, especially economic and trade relations, the ambassador said. Finland has been China's largest trading partner in the Nordic region for five consecutive years from 2004 to 2008, while China has been Finland's largest trading partner in Asia for seven consecutive years from 2003 to 2009. In addition, fruitful results have achieved in bilateral cooperation in science and technology, culture and education, Huang said.

"We have held celebrations for the Chinese Spring Festival in downtown Helsinki for the past four consecutive years," Huang said, noting that many Finnish people braved an outdoor temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius to join in Chinese New Year celebrations in February this year.

On Sino-Finnish cooperation in the future, Huang said the bilateral cooperation has great potential in environmental protection and tackling global warming. "In the future, we will strengthen our cooperation in the fields including environment protection and clean technologies to ensure long-term sustainable development," he said.

As this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the two countries are expected to enhance exchange of high-level visits to elevate their relations of friendly cooperation in various fields to a new high, Huang said. He said Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's upcoming official visit to Finland will strengthen mutual trust, promote economic and trade cooperation, and further promote Sino-Finnish relations.

He also said Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will visit Shanghai and take part in a variety of events of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The Kenyan government on Friday lauded China for its role in infrastructure development, saying it will help transform the east African nation into a robust economy in the region.

Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said active participation of Chinese companies in the development of infrastructure will help transform the country into middle-level economy as he held discussions in Nairobi with a visiting Chinese delegation led by Gao Shiqi, secretary general of the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.