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President Jiang Zemin Met with Maltese President Guido De Marco

2001/07/03
On July 2, President Jiang Zemin held talks with Maltese President Guido De Marco in a warm and friendly atmosphere at the Great Hall of the People. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on further developing bilateral relations and issues of common concern.

Jiang made a positive assessment on China-Malta friendly relations and cooperation. He said that no matter how the international and domestic situations have changed, Sino-Maltese relations have developed smoothly since the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1972. China and Malta are time-tested good friends. The two peoples treat each other in good faith and mutual friendship is deeply rooted in their hearts. The leaders of the two countries have paid great attention to the bilateral friendly relations and made personal contributions. China thanks Malta for its support on the important issues of principle concerning China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese side attaches great importance to friendly relations and cooperation with Malta. We are pleased to see the new development of Sino-Maltese relations in recent years. Exchanges of high-level visits are constant, deepening mutual understanding and playing an important role in promoting bilateral relations. Bilateral economic cooperation and trade are expanding increasingly and rapidly despite the limited amount of trade volume. The two countries have also maintained fruitful cooperation in agricultural and cultural fields.

Jiang noted that, in the new century, both China and Malta are facing the common tasks of safeguarding world peace and developing their economies. China is ready to work with Malta to promote bilateral ties.

Jiang put forward three proposals in this respect:

––Develop bilateral relations in accordance with the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. He expressed the hope that the two countries strengthen contacts at different levels and cooperation in multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.

––Further trade and economic cooperation with an active and practical approach. China and Malta have developed a good foundation for trade and economic cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and China is willing to explore new ways and areas to cooperate with Malta, especially in projects and products conforming to the conditions in the two countries, having high complementarity, and meeting market demands and supply.

––Increase cooperation in the cultural field to promote and conducting various forms of exchanges so as to enhance understanding and friendship between the two peoples

De Marco said that Malta and China have very good friendly relations and cooperation. The two countries have maintained frequent contacts at different levels in the political field, and cooperated well in international organizations such as the United Nations, making contributions to maintaining peace and stability of the international community. Both have advocated resolving international disputes through peaceful means. Malta is resolutely committed to the One-China policy, and supports China's efforts to achieve national reunification. In the economic field, the two governments have set up a joint economic and trade committee to promote bilateral cooperation. The two countries have also conducted cooperation in the cultural field in a bid to enhance understanding and friendship between the two peoples. Malta is very happy to have China as her friend and hopes that the bilateral relations will become even closer.

De Marco once again invited Jiang to visit Malta, and Jiang thanked him for the invitation.

The two sides also reached consensus on international and regional issues of common concern.

After the talks, Jiang Zemin and De Marco attended a signing ceremony for documents related to conducting economic and diplomatic cooperation.
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