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Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Italian President Napolitano

2010/10/26

Chinese President Hu Jintao holds a welcome ceremony for Italian President Giorgio Napolitano's visit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

On the afternoon of October 26, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state exchanged in-depth views on developing China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership and reached broad consensus.

Since the two countries established diplomatic ties four decades ago, bilateral relations had withstood the test of history and continued to move forward, said Hu. Recalling his state visit to Italy last year, Hu said he was glad to see that new progress had been made in exchanges and cooperation between both sides over the past year with the positive efforts by and close coordination between relevant agencies of the two countries.

Napolitano said he came to China with friendly feelings in heart. He said Hu's visit to Italy last year was very successful. Italy-China relations were enjoying sound development as high-level contacts and practical cooperation between the two sides made smooth progress. "As successors of Matteo Ricci, we are ready to work hard to learn more about China and continuously push forward our relations with China," he said.

Hu said as this year marked the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, China was ready to work with Italy to seize opportunities available and continue to deepen bilateral ties in three aspects. Firstly, Hu said, the two sides should adhere to the strategic position and orientation of China-Italy relations. They should strengthen high-level contact and friendly exchanges at all levels so as to maintain prompt communication on major issues in bilateral ties. They should also understand and accommodate each other's major concerns. Secondly, both sides should adhere to mutual complementarity of their specific advantages, mutual benefits and common development. Departments of the two countries should explore innovative ways of cooperation, foster new growth points of bilateral cooperation and improve the capacity and level of cooperation according to the consensus reached by both sides and tasks and requirements put forth in relevant cooperation documents. Thirdly, both sides should uphold exchanges and promote humanities cooperation. They should fully tap their cultural resources and carry out exchanges in various forms and content. They should jointly ensure the success of the "Year of Chinese Culture" in Italy. Hu also called on the two sides to expand exchanges and cooperation in the areas of culture, language study, institutes of higher education, media and tourism so as to create a sound social environment for the growth of China-Italy relations.

Napolitano fully agreed with Hu's proposals on further advancing bilateral relations, saying China's achievements in social and economic development had made major contributions to addressing the international financial crisis and promoting recovery of world economy. Napolitano said Italy respected the choice that China had made on its development path and appreciated the important role China played in international affairs. He expressed the hope that Italy would carry out dialogue with China on a wide range of issues in the spirit of friendly cooperation. Italy was ready to step up practical cooperation with China in the areas of trade, finance, investment, energy resources, science, technology, culture and tourism and jointly advance Italy-China comprehensive strategic partnership.

Noting that Italy is an important member of the European Union (EU) and the Group of 20 (G20), Hu expressed the hope that Italy would continue to play a positive role in the EU and contribute to the growth of China-EU relations. China was ready to strengthen communication and coordination with Italy to push for positive results at next month's G20 summit in Seoul. China was ready to work with Italy to promote all-round recovery and healthy and stable growth of the world economy, he added.

Napolitano said the world was moving toward globalization. Italy was ready to conduct close consultation with China on international issues. The two sides should strengthen cooperation within the G20 framework, maintain communication and coordination on reform of the United Nations Security Council and reform of the international financial system and work together to address the global financial crisis. Napolitano said the comprehensive strategic partnership between the EU and China was of great importance. Italy was ready to play an active role in pushing both the EU and China to overcome obstacles in the development of relations.

Prior to the talks, President Hu held a welcome ceremony for Napolitano's visit at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Among those who attended the welcome ceremony were President Hu's wife Liu Yongqing, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Sang Guowei, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Zhaozhuo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, Minister of Culture Cai Wu, MOC International Trade Representative & Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and Chinese Ambassador to Italy Ding Wei.

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