On Sept. 2, 2013, Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), held talks with Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Abdelwahad Radi at the Great Hall of the People.
Zhang Dejiang said that IPU is an important stage for multilateral cooperation among parliaments of various countries. Over the years, IPU has done a lot of beneficial work for maintaining world peace and stability, promoting democracy, legal system and human rights, protecting the rights and interests of women and children, promoting the sustainable development, carrying out cooperation in the field of humanities and culture, and other aspects. The current international situation is undergoing complex and profound changes, and there is an increasing degree of interdependence and cooperation among countries all over the world. As the oldest international inter-parliamentary organization, IPU is faced with opportunities and challenges, and shoulders even heavier responsibilities. We believe that, through continuous reform, IPU is bound to be able to keep up with the trend of the times, promote inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation, enhance its influence in international affairs, and promote world peace and development.
Zhang Dejiang said that IPU is the most important multilateral parliamentary organization that China's NPC participates in. The NPC attaches great importance to IPU's role in international affairs, and gives fully support to IPU's work. Since joining the IPU in 1984, the NPC has sent groups to the successive IPU assemblies and three World Conferences of Speakers of Parliaments, and has successfully hosted the 96th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly and the Hong Kong session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO in 2005. China's new NPC is willing to further strengthen relations with IPU, conduct closer cooperation, actively take part in IPU assemblies and other various activities, and play an active role in IPU affairs, contributing to promoting the world peace and development, and the progress of human civilization.
Zhang Dejiang also made a brief introduction to guests of the NPC system and the 4th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress that was just concluded.
Abdelwahad Radi said that China is a great country, and has made important contributions to the development of the world. China's NPC has effectively enhanced IPU's action capabilities since it joined the union. One of the purposes of my visit is to further strengthen the friendly cooperation between IPU and China's NPC. We believe that, with our joint efforts, IPU will play a more active role in promoting dialogue and cooperation among parliaments of various countries and maintaining the world's peaceful development.