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Chinese vice president, Hungarian PM meet on bilateral ties

2009. 17 October

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping(L) meets with Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai(R) in Budapest, capital of Hungary, Oct. 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

( Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met here Friday with Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai on bilateral ties.

    Xi said the year 2009 is of great significance for both China and the Chinese-Hungarian relations, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China as well as the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

    Xi expressed the hope that his visit would further strengthen the traditional friendship, upgrade mutually beneficial cooperation and push forward the friendly and cooperative partnership between the two countries.

    Since the establishment of the friendly and cooperative partnership between China and Hungary in 2004, bilateral ties have turned to a new page, marked with frequent high-level contacts, enhanced mutual political trust, fruitful economic and trade cooperation, strengthened personnel and cultural exchanges, and close coordination on international and regional issues, said the vice president.

    The friendship between China and Hungary has stood the tests oftime and the two countries are good friends and partners joined together in sincere cooperation, Xi added.

    The Chinese side appreciates the fact that the new Hungarian government treasures its ties with China and makes developing these ties one of the priorities in its foreign policy, he continued.

    Xi said China also values its relations with Hungary, and is willing to take the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations, to push forward the bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields so as to bring benefit to the people of both countries.

    The Chinese government will continue encouraging Chinese enterprises to invest in Hungary and welcomes Hungarian companies to exploit the Chinese market, so as to further promote the mutually beneficial cooperation in fields like finance, tourism, agricultural technology and infrastructure construction, he said.

    The Chinese side welcomes Hungary's decision to set up a consulate general in southwest China's Chongqing city and Hungarian companies to take part in the China High-Tech Fair scheduled for November in Shenzhen. China also appreciates Hungary's support for and active participation in the Shanghai World Expo 2010, he said.

    Xi also voiced China's appreciation to Hungary's efforts to enhance the relations between China and the European Union, and expressed hope that the Hungarian side would continue to play an active role within the European Union to push forward the China-EUrelations.

    Bajnai said the two countries have enjoyed good relations in the past 60 years, which he said has laid a solid foundation for further development of bilateral ties.

    The prime minister said China is currently Hungary's most important economic partner in Asia, and that amid the current complicated global financial and economic situation, Hungary is ready to become a firm partner of China and to join hands with China in opposing trade and investment protectionism.

    The Hungarian government is willing to provide conveniences for Chinese companies which intend to invest in Hungary and Europe, he said.

    Following the talks, the two leaders attended the signing ceremony for documents on bilateral cooperation.

    Xi, who arrived in Budapest on an official visit to Hungary on Thursday, also met Friday with former Hungarian Prime Minister Medgyessy Peter.

    Hungary is the fourth leg of Xi's Europe tour. He has already visited Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria and will also visit Romania.