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Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hongbo Goes to Czech, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania and Greece for Consultation

2009/03/02

On Feb. 15-28, 2009, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hongbo visited Czech, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania and Greece. During his visits to these countries, Wu held political consultations respectively with Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Tomas Pojar, State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Doru Romulus Costea, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary László Várkonyi, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Oľga Algayerová, Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister Anton Gurakuqi and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis.

Wu made positive comments on China’s bilateral relations with these six countries, expressing China’s willingness to work with them to further promote in-depth development of bilateral friendly cooperative relations in all areas. Wu said this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China’s diplomatic relations with Czech, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Albania. He expressed hope that both sides will take this opportunity to ensure success of relevant celebrations to consolidate the traditional friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. These countries reaffirmed their adherence to the one-China policy and said that they attach great importance to developing ties with China and hope to enhance pragmatic cooperation with China in all fields in the context of the global financial crisis.

Both sides also exchanged views on China-EU relations, the international financial crisis and other international and regional issues of common concern.

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