Sound Relations with China Become National Consensus
（From Chinese Embassy in Malta）
"Developing sound relations with China has now become national consensus for Malta, particularly among parties." Ambassador Zhang Keyuan of China expressed his satisfaction on a seminar held on the 3rd February, 2012 by the Labour Party of Malta commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of China-Malta diplomatic relations.
Ambassador Zhang characterized the bilateral relationship with mutual respect and friendship, equality, and mutual benefit. He reviewed the history of the relationship from the building of the Red China Dock to the recent evacuation of Chinese nationals from Libya via Malta. Zhang commended the Labour Party for its historical contribution to start the relations with such a strong touch of friendship and looked forward to deepening cooperation and exchanges with the Labour party to explore potentials of China-Malta relationship.
Inaugurating a Photo Exhibition right after the Seminar and receiving an interview by Xinhua News, the opposition leader Dr. Joseph Muscat expressed with pride that it was Labour Party that showed the courage and foresight to initiate the relations with remote China 40 years ago. He expressed his further pleasure in renewing Labour's relations with China through exchange of visits and meetings in the past 3 years. Dr. Muscat assured the enthusiasm and commitment as ever, both personal and on party level towards China, and looked forward confidently to an even stronger bilateral relations and another 40 years of prosperity growth and friendship.
Dr. Angelo Farrugia, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Dr. Alexander Sceberras Trigona, International Secretary and Mr. Reno Callejja, President of the Malta-China Society, also shared their personal experiences and spoke highly of relations with China. More than 200 Maltese from all sectors of society attended the event.