Visiting Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping met in Helsinki Friday with Finnish Parliament Speaker Sauli Niinisto to discuss relations between their two countries, including exchanges between the national legislatures of China and Finland.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R, front) meets with members from Parliament of Finland and Finland-China Friendship Group in Helsinki, Finland, March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Xi first conveyed greetings to Niinisto from Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature.
"Since the establishment of the diplomatic ties between China and Finland 60 years ago, the Sino-Finnish relations have remained steady and sound despite the changes within the international community, which has become the greatest feature of the relationship between the two countries," Xi said.
In recent years, Sino-Finnish relations have gained even more momentum, he said, adding that the two countries have persisted in enhancing political mutual trust, developing economic cooperation and building up a ever closer people-to-people exchanges.
The vice-president also briefed the speaker on China's just-concluded annual NPC sessions as well as the thoughts and measures to transform the country's economic development modes.
"Both China and Finland have attached a great importance to the exchanges between the two countries' national legislatures. China's NPC has maintained a constant dialogue and cooperation with the Finnish parliament, so do the various committees within the two countries' national legislatures," Xi said, "It's an important way to strengthen political mutual trust and promote cooperation of mutual benefits, which has made indispensable contribution to the healthy and steady development of the bilateral ties."
He hoped both countries' legislative branches would continue with exchanges at different levels and in various forms and to make greater joint-contributions to deepen Sino-Finnish relations.
Niinisto appreciated Wu's greetings and extended a warm welcome to Xi's visit on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Finnish diplomatic ties.
He said friendly cooperation in various fields between the two countries has progressed consistently over the past 60 years, adding that Finland is willing to step up its relations with China to an even closer and friendlier level.
Completing his visits in Russia and Belarus, Xi arrived in Finland on Thursday afternoon for an official visit, the third leg of his four-nation European tour, which will also take him to Sweden. Source: Xinhua