Hua Jianmin, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China, and president of the Estonian parliament Ene Ergma pledged further efforts on Monday to boost interparliamentary cooperation.
Hua, leading a delegation of the NPC, China's parliament, said China valued the development of its relations with Estonia and saw the Baltic state as an important cooperative partner.
In recent years, the two countries had maintained high-level contacts, enhanced political mutual trust and achieved fruitful cooperation in trade and the economy, said Hua, who also hailed the two countries' communication and cooperation in international affairs.
The parliament represented the people and should reflect people's will, the Chinese legislator said.
Interparliamentary contact between China and Estonia was an integral part of the Sino-Estonia relations, Hua said, adding that the NPC was willing to further boost friendly cooperation with its Estonian counterpart to promote bilateral political relations and lay a sounder basis for friendship between the two countries.
Ergma hailed China's rapid development and its major contributions to the world's economic recovery from the global financial crisis.
Estonia shared with China some common interests, and both sides could cooperate more in such areas as telecommunications, network technology, port construction and culture and art, Ergma said.
The Estonian parliament stood ready to carry out closer contacts with the NPC and exchanges between all specialized committees under the two legislative bodies, to boost mutual understanding and mutual trust, she said.
Estonia is the first leg of Hua's three-nation European tour, which also take him to Denmark and Sweden. Source: Xinhua http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-05/25/nw.D110000renmrb_20100525_9-03.htm?div=-1