Wen Jiabao Meets with Leaders of Latvia and Other Central, Eastern European Nations
On the morning of April 26, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met respectively with leaders from Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the sidelines of a China-Central and Eastern Europe leaders' meeting in Warsaw.
Wen told Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis China encouraged its own enterprises to invest in Latvia, and hoped Latvia could offer assistance and convenience to the Chinese investment. China attached importance to its cooperation with Latvia in transportation and logistics, which improved traffic flow between Europe and Asia, Wen said.
Dombrovskis said there was still huge potential in China-Latvia trade relations. Latvia hoped to use its geographic advantage to make the trade links even closer and welcomed Chinese businesses to expand investment in Latvia.
During a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Wen said the two countries enjoyed huge potential in infrastructure cooperation, and he called for the successful completion of the bridge project across the Danube in Belgrade to set an example for China's cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries. China was ready to offer help to Serbia in planning its economic and technological development park, improving industrial competitiveness and boosting exports, Wen said.
Echoing Wen's proposals, Cvetkovic said Serbia would work to further promote bilateral cooperation, which had already nurtured major accomplishments in the economic area.
When meeting with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, Wen said Slovenia had a sound industrial and technological foundation. China welcomed its investment in China's market and also encouraged Chinese firms to do business in Slovenia. He also said China was willing to work with Slovenia in infrastructure construction in central and eastern Europe, explore the re-export issues and develop the regional market.
Jansa said China was Slovenia's key partner for cooperation. Slovenia would like to work with China to realize balanced and sustainable trade growth, and enhance infrastructure and technology cooperation.
In his meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina Chairman of the Council of Ministers Vjekoslav Bevanda, Wen said China and Bosnia and Herzegovina share a profound traditional friendship. China would continue to support that country's effort to develop its economy and improve people's livelihood. He said the two countries should give full play to the bilateral trade and economic mixed committee and forums, step up company-to-company, personnel and information exchanges, expand tourism and cultural contacts, boost trade and investment cooperation, and build regional transportation networks.
Bevanda appreciated China's assistance and support, saying his country welcomed China to expand economic and trade cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina and to take part in its infrastructure and energy development.