Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen met in Helsinki on Saturday, expressing their satisfaction with the development of relations between China and Finland.
During the meeting, Xi said the relationship between China and Finland has always been on the track of friendship, mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation thanks to efforts of both sides in the past 60 years following the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The two countries currently are witnessing frequent exchange of visits at high levels, close people-to-people contact, fast expansion in cooperation and mutual support in many major international issues, the Chinese vice president said.
Xi told the Finnish prime minister that China appreciates the one-China policy pursued by Finland and that he hopes Finland will continue to show understanding of and extend support to China's position on the Tibet-related issues and its anti-terrorism drive.
The Chinese vice president said that his visit to Finland at a time when the two countries celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties is meant to push forward the relationship between the two countries.
He said that the Chinese side is willing to work with the Finnish side to keep the current momentum of exchange of visits at high levels, further tap the cooperation potential in telecommunications, machinery building and household electric appliances, strengthen cultural exchange and encourage more young people to do more to get to know about each other.
Vanhanen, for his part, said that Finland and China enjoy a long history of friendly exchange as the two countries signed a long-term trade agreement soon after the founding of the new China and the good bilateral relations have been maintained all over the years.
He said that Finland is quite satisfied with its relationship with China, with trade and economic cooperation in particular and is willing to strengthen bilateral cooperation in ecological preservation and environment protection.
Both sides also exchanged views over Sino-European ties, the combat against climate change and international financial crisis.