Wu Bangguo Meets with Turkmen President Berdymukhamedov
On November 23, 2011, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at the Great Hall of the People.
Wu said that since President Berdymukhamedov took office, friendly and cooperative relations between China and Turkmenistan have enjoyed healthy and stable development. Wu hailed a high level of political mutual trust, frequent high-level visits, mutual support on major issues concerning each other's core interests and mutually beneficial economic cooperation. Both sides have jointly implemented a range of major representative cooperation projects and China has become Turkmenistan's largest trading partner and its largest natural gas importer. In the security area, both sides have joined hands to combat the "three forces" and transnational organized crime, safeguarding peace and stability in the two countries and the region as a whole. Both sides have also carried out cultural exchanges and mutual learning and the social and public opinion basis of China-Turkmenistan friendship for generations has been continuously consolidated. Both sides have also cooperated well in international and regional affairs, contributing to regional and world peace, stability and development. China attaches great importance to relations with Turkmenistan and is willing to work with it to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and promote bilateral relations to new levels based on mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and win-win principle by taking the opportunity of celebrating the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties.
Wu said that parliamentary cooperation is an important part of bilateral friendly cooperative relations. In recent years, the NPC of China and the National Assembly of Turkmenistan have conducted sound cooperation. He hoped that both sides will continue to play the unique roles of parliamentary exchanges, increase friendly exchanges in various fields at all levels, strengthen exchanges of experience on state governance, democracy and legal system construction and promote pragmatic cooperation, to better serve their respective domestic construction and development of bilateral relations.
Berdymukhamedov said his country will strive for a stable, long-term relationship with China, and will speed up cooperation in such sectors as energy, trade, economy and culture for the benefit of both peoples. He also pledged to support exchanges between the two parliaments and ruling parties as the two countries explore their own modes of development based on their respective domestic situations.