President Jiang Zemin and Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus Held Talks
On June 17, 2002, President Jiang Zemin and Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus held a formal talk at the President's Residence. The two sides exchanged opinions on the further development of bilateral relations and current major international and regional issues of common concern.
Adamkus said that this is the first time for a Chinese head of state to visit Lithuania and they welcome President Jiang for his visit. He added that Lithuania has always had the understanding and support of the Chinese people since it regained its independence. The Lithuanian side firmly believed that Jiang's visit will promote cooperation between both countries in various fields and represent a milestone in bilateral relations.
Jiang made a positive comment on the development of bilateral relations in the past decade since the establishment of diplomatic ties. He attributed the smooth development of bilateral relations to the fact that the two countries develop their friendly cooperation on the principles of respecting each other's social system, cultural tradition and values, and mutual respect, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefits. Jiang said that China will make further efforts to push forward the overall friendly and mutually beneficial relations and cooperation with Lithuania on the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence.
The two presidents had an in-depth discussion on the further expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation. Jiang said that China is willing to make joint efforts to push cooperation between the two countries to a higher level. He suggested the two governments should support and encourage their enterprises to establish direct contacts and proposed that two countries start negotiations as early as possible on signing cooperation agreements on civil aviation, customs and tourism cooperation to improve the legal framework on bilateral relations. He also said that both sides should expand cooperation in the areas of education, culture and journalism to deepen mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples and should strengthern consultation in international affairs. Adamkus said he agreed with Jiang's proposals.
Jiang briefed Adamkus on the economic and social development in China and the policies and measures adopted in order to strengthen environmental protection while developing the economy. Adamkus said that China is currently implementing right policies and has achieved remarkable success. The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional situation.
Following the meeting, the two presidents attended the signing ceremony of the Extradition Treaty between the two countries and met the press together.
Adamkus stressed that Jiang's visit is crowned with success and the leaders of the two sides exchanged in-depth views on further expanding mutually beneficial cooperation. He said that his country would work with China to promote bilateral relations to a higher level. Jiang said that one look is worth a thousand words. He was deeply impressed by the Lithuanian people's achievements in their economic construction and their friendly feelings towards the Chinese people. Through mutual exchanges, the leaders of both countries have increased understanding and discussed in an in-depth way the promotion of friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in the times to come. He firmly believed that China-Lithuania relations have broad prospects in the new century.