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Premier Zhu Rongji Meets Maltese President Guido De Marco

2001/07/04
On the afternoon of July 3, 2001, Premier Zhu Rongji of the State Council met with Maltese President Guido De Marco at the Great Hall of the People.

Extending warm welcome to De Marco, Zhu recalled his visit to Malta in March, 1983, during which the hospitality of the Maltese people and friendship between China and Malta impressed him deeply. He noted that De Marco, who is on his fourth visit to China, is an old friend of the Chinese people. Speaking highly of the efforts made by De Marco for the development of Sino-Maltese relations over the years, he said he believes that De Marco's current tour will help to further promote the friendly cooperation between the two countries.

Zhu said that bilateral relations have been developing very smoothly in recent years, noting that Malta has abided by the one-China principle and supported China's reunification. He added that the two countries have been rendering assistance to each other in international affairs. He went on to say that China fully respects the sovereignty and independence of Malta, adding that Sino-Maltese relationship is based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, making it a good example of friendly relations and cooperation between big and small countries and countries of different social systems. He said that bilateral cooperation has witnessed smooth growth in the political, economic, trade, cultural and other areas, adding that China is pleased to see such development. He said that the Chinese government will earnestly implement the agreements and consensus reached between President Jiang Zemin and President De Marco during the visit so as to push forward the continuous growth of bilateral ties.

Expressing thanks to the Chinese government for its warm reception, De Marco said that the great changes in China have impressed him on each China tour. China has made remarkable achievements in national construction, which command the admiration of the world, and has always upheld justice in international affairs. He highly spoke of the efforts made by China to further its ties with Malta, a small Mediterranean country, and described the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in political, economic and trade, cultural and other areas as a demonstration of China's principle that all countries, big or small, are equal. De Marco said that the government and the people of Malta hope that President Jiang will visit Malta at an early date, expressing the conviction that Jiang's visit will further promote development of Malta-China relations.

Zhu asked De Marco to convey his cordial greetings to Maltese Prime Minister Adami. De Marco also conveyed the greetings from Adami to Zhu.
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