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President Jiang Zemin Meets Maltese Labor Party Leader Sant

2001/07/26
On the morning of July 24, 2001, President Jiang Zemin met with the Maltese Labor Party leader Alfred Sant.

Jiang expressed pleasure of meeting with Sant. Sant said it was during the rule of the Maltese Labor Party, now the largest opposition party in Malta, that Malta and China established diplomatic ties. He noted that Malta-China relations have developed very well since the two countries forged diplomatic ties, adding that this is the common understanding of his party and the ruling party. He reiterated that the Maltese Labor Party will continue to make efforts for the development of Malta-China friendly relations and cooperation. He also reaffirmed his party's support to China's stand on such major international issues as multipolarity and the question of Taiwan.

Jiang said that he was very pleased to visit Malta at the invitation of President De Marco. He noted that the Maltese people are very hardworking, brave and intelligent and Malta attaches importance to developing its economy and has scored remarkable progress. He said that Malta actively participates in world affairs, adding that the Chinese people express pleasure and admiration for Malta's commitment and active role in maintaining peace and stability of the Mediterranean area and the world at large.

Jiang said that he hopes, through the visit, to enhance his understanding of Malta and promote the traditional friendship between the two countries and two peoples.

Jiang noted that next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Citing Confucius's saying: "one should become established at 30", he said that China is very pleased to see that China and Malta have maintained friendly relations whichever political party is in power in Malta. Calling China-Malta relations a model for friendly cooperation between countries different in size and social systems, he said that China attaches importance to the development of long-term stable relations with Malta, and stands ready to work alongside Malta to promote bilateral political, economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation for the benefit of the two countries and peoples.

Jiang said China thanks the Malta Labor Party for its historical role in the establishment of China-Malta diplomatic relations in 1972 and in turning over a new page in bilateral relations, when the Malta Labor Party was in power. He noted that China appreciates the Labor Party's adherence to the One China policy and contributions to the development of bilateral relations ever since, in power or not. He expressed the hope that there will be more friendly contacts between China and the Maltese Labor Party and that Sant and his Labor Party will continue to show concern to and support the development of China-Malta relations. He said that more friends from the Labor Party are welcome in Beijing to deepen their understanding of China.
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