Yang Jiechi Meets with Polish Prime Minister Tusk

On August 5, 2011, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw.

During the meeting, Yang said there was a traditional friendship between the two countries, and that Poland was one of the first countries to recognize and establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China following its founding on October 1, 1949. The two countries had maintained good momentum for further development of bilateral ties with cooperation making substantial progress in various areas, Yang said. Both countries firmly maintain the principle of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect each other's choice of development path. China highly appreciates Poland's adherence to the one-China policy.

Yang said the current international situation is undergoing complex and profound changes and global challenges have become more prominent. Poland is a big country in Central and Eastern Europe as well as China's important cooperative partner. China is willing to work with Poland to seize the opportunity and work together to push the bilateral relations to a new stage of development. The two countries should continue to strengthen high-level exchanges, expand mutually beneficial and win-win economic and trade relations while focusing on the future and promote cooperation especially in infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, high technology, food and other fields. He also urged both sides to deepen China-Poland cultural exchanges and cooperation and strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs. Yang hoped Poland, during its EU rotating presidency, will work together with China to further promote China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

Tusk said China is developing vigorously with great vitality and it is committed to building a harmonious society, which is impressive. Both countries have maintained friendly traditional relations. Although the international situation and the domestic circumstances of the two countries have undergone great changes, the feelings have not changed between the two peoples. There is no conflict of interest between the two countries which is a good basis for development of relations between the two sides. Poland is ready to take the opportunity of its taking over the current EU rotating presidency to further develop Poland-China, EU-China relations based on equality and mutual benefit. Tusk said the Polish market was open to Chinese enterprises and that the two sides had enormous potential for cooperation in such areas as infrastructure and energy. He expressed welcome for Chinese businesses to invest in Poland. He hoped both sides would also boost contacts and cooperation in the areas of culture and tourism and enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples.

At the invitation of his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski, Yang arrived in Warsaw on August 4 for an official visit to Poland.