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08:26, March 29, 2010

Chinese vice president begins Swedish tour
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Sweden on Saturday for the last leg of his four-nation European tour, after ending a visit to Finland.

Earlier in the day, Xi held talks with Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen in Helsinki, and both expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations.

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.

There have been frequent exchanges of high-level visits and close people-to-people contacts, the Chinese vice president said. Bilateral cooperation has been expanding and the two countries enjoy mutual support on many major international issues, he said.

Xi expressed appreciation for Finland's one-China policy and hoped 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 his visit on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties was aimed at pushing forward the relationship between the two countries.

He said China was ready to work with Finland to keep the current momentum of exchanges of high-level visits, further tap the cooperation potential in telecommunications, machine-building and household electric appliances and strengthen cultural and youth exchanges.

Vanhanen said Finland and China enjoy a long history of friendly exchange. The two countries signed a long-term trade agreement soon after the founding of New China and the two countries have maintained good relations all over the years, he said.

He said Finland is satisfied with its relationship with China, trade and economic cooperation in particular, and is willing to strengthen bilateral cooperation in ecological preservation and environmental protection.

The two also exchanged views over Sino-European ties, the fight against climate change and the international financial crisis.

Earlier on Friday, Xi had talks with Finnish Parliament Speaker Sauli Niinisto and President Tarja Halonen.

On Saturday, the Chinese vice-president arrived in Gothenburg, the second largest city of Sweden, kicking off his four-day official visit to the Nordic country.

In an arrival statement, Xi said while China and Sweden are geographically far apart, their people have a long history of friendly exchanges between them.

Since the two countries established diplomatic ties 60 years ago, the bilateral relationship has been moving steadily forward despite the tremendous changes in the international situation, the Chinese vice president said.

Recent years have witnessed increased mutual trust, fruitful economic and trade cooperation and ever closer exchanges in other fields, Xi said.

The two countries have also had close contact and coordination on the international forum, he said.

Xi said he was looking toward to exchanging views with Swedish leaders on future development of Sino-Swedish relations and issues of common concern.

Sweden is the last leg of Xi's 12-day European tour, which has already taken him to Russia, Belarus and Finland.

Source: Xinhua
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