Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli Visits Romania

On September 25 local time, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, who was visiting Romania upon invitation, held talks with First Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea of Romania in Bucharest and met with President of Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Stefan Zgonea and Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea. Prior to that, Zhang Gaoli met in New York on September 23 with Prime Minister Victor Ponta of Romania on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit.

When meeting with Ponta, Zhang Gaoli first conveyed kind greetings from Premier Li Keqiang to him. Zhang Gaoli said that since China and Romania established diplomatic relationship 65 years ago, the two countries have always respected the development path chosen by the other side and cared for each other’s core interests and major concerns, and bilateral relations enjoy a solid political foundation. In the past year, the Chinese Premier and the Romanian Prime Minister visited each other’s country, fully embodying the uniqueness and high level of bilateral relations. At present, bilateral relations have entered a new development stage, and the two sides should conscientiously research and comprehensively plan the direction and emphasis of bilateral relations in the next period, and well draw the development roadmap for bilateral relations. Both sides should constantly expand the scale of practical cooperation, tap potential and create new highlights, thus to promote bilateral cooperation for more fruitful results.

Ponta asked Zhang Gaoli to convey his sincere greetings to Premier Li Keqiang. He said that Romania-China friendship lasts from generation to generation and bilateral relations enjoy a solid foundation. Currently, the two countries witness close high-level exchanges, good political relations and rapid growing of economic and trade cooperation. The Romanian side attaches great importance to enhancing cooperation with China and will continue to push bilateral relations for greater development.

When holding talks with Dragnea, Zhang Gaoli expressed that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship and 10th anniversary of establishment of the bilateral comprehensive friendly cooperative partnership. China is willing to, together with Romania, inherit the past and usher in the future, and push forward bilateral friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation to a new high. Under the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral energy cooperation projects in thermal power, hydropower and nuclear power have scored important progress. Both sides should further enhance cooperation and speed up the construction of the projects. Both sides should accelerate the research and advancement of cooperation in transport infrastructure such as highway and high-speed rail. The needs for agricultural cooperation in the two countries are highly consistent. Both sides should encourage the cooperation between enterprises of the two countries and expand agricultural and husbandry export of Romania to China. Both sides should further strengthen exchanges and cooperation between youth and in education and other fields, well organize activities celebrating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations and enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples.

Zhang Gaoli pointed out that Romania is an important country in the Central and Eastern European region and also a good friend and partner of China in the European Union (EU). It is hoped that Romania will make new contributions to advancing cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) and strengthening mutual trust and deepening cooperation between China and the EU. China will cooperate closely with Romania to well organize the ninth China-CEEC Forum on Agricultural, Economic and Trade Cooperation soon to be held in Romania.

Dragnea and Oprea expressed that Romania and China enjoy traditional friendship and are special cooperative partners. The two countries will advance practical cooperation in all fields based on political consensus. Romania is looking forward to further deepening its cooperation with China in energy, transportation, agriculture, education and other areas and stands ready to play a positive role in promoting EU-China relations and CEEC-China cooperation.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on respective development strategy, investment environment, urbanization, rural construction, environmental protection and other fields.

When meeting with Zgonea, Zhang Gaoli said that China and Romania enjoy time-honored traditional friendship. I have deeply felt the friendly affection of the Romanian people toward the Chinese people through this visit. China is willing to, together with Romania, continue to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries, and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges at all levels and in all fields, providing reliable legal guarantee for sound bilateral political relations and economic and trade cooperation, and cementing social and public opinion foundations for bilateral relations.

Zgonea said that Romania was, is and will always be a trustworthy good partner of China. Romania and China intensifying cooperation will bring more benefits to both peoples. The Romanian parliament will continuously strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China’s legislative bodies and contribute more to deepening bilateral friendly relations and pushing forward bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Chinese vice premier’s visit to boost ties with Romania. China, Romania agree to enhance cooperation

BUCHAREST — China and Romania have agreed to expand their pragmatic cooperation during a visit by Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli to the Central Eastern European country.
The two countries have always respected each other’s development road and attached great importance to each other’s core interests and major concerns ever since they forged diplomatic ties 65 years ago, said Zhang while meeting Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Sept 23 in New York on the sideline of the UN climate change summit.
Bilateral ties have enjoyed a solid political foundation, said Zhang.
He said the exchange of visits by Premier Li Keqiang and Ponta in the past year had fully manifested the specialty and high-level development of their relations.
Saying bilateral ties have entered a new stage, Zhang urged the two sides to work out a new road map to emphasize the direction and highlights in the future development of ties.
Efforts should be made to expand pragmatic cooperation and explore cooperation potentials in bilateral ties, he added.
Ponta hailed the solid foundation of the Romanian-Chinese relations, saying Romania had attached great importance to cooperation with China and more efforts would be made to enhance their links.
During talks with First Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea on Sept 25 in Bucharest, Zhang said this year marked the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Romania and the 10th anniversary of their comprehensive friendly and cooperative partnership.
China would like to work hard together with Romania to take the bilateral friendly ties and mutual-beneficial cooperation to a new height, Zhang said.
Zhang lauded the China-Romania energy cooperation in carbon-, hydro- and nuclear-electricity as achieving important progress.
He called for efforts to promote cooperation between the two countries in infrastructure construction, such as in highway and high-speed rail building.
Zhang also encouraged cooperation between enterprises focusing on farm products and called for more farm product export from Romania to China.
He urged both sides to boost exchanges and cooperation in education, between the young people, and in celebrating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, to enhance mutual understanding. On the same day, Zhang also met with Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea and President of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Stefan Zgonea.
The Romanian leaders expressed hopes to further deepen cooperation with China in energy, communication, agriculture and education. They pledged that Romania would play an active role to boost Europe-China relations as well as cooperation between Central and Eastern European countries and China.
The two sides also exchanged views on each other’s growth strategies, investment environment, urbanization, rural area development and environment protection.
When meeting Zgonea, Zhang said his visit to Romania offered him a chance to get a personal experience of the friendliness of the Romanian people toward China.
He said China would like to work with Romania to enhance exchanges and cooperation between their legislatures.
Zgonea said Romania had always been and would remain a trustworthy friend of China, vowing to further the cooperation between the Romanian and Chinese legislatures to make greater contribution to bilateral friendly ties, and trade and economic cooperation.

The building of units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear-power plant by a Chinese company will most likely start in early 2015. By the end of 2014, a governmental memorandum will be signed for carrying out the project, Romania’s Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea said Thursday at the Government House after meeting visiting China’s Executive Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.’I had an important meeting and an excellent conversation with China’s Executive Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, who has come to Romania on an official invitation I extended to him when I visited China this March. We reviewed all the joint projects we agreed on this March as well as the developments in each of them, and we noticed that three of the projects have advanced to a stage never before reached in the history of the relationship between Romania and China. We are talking about three projects that are almost complete,’ Dragnea, Romania’s minister of regional development and public administration, told a press conference on Thursday.

*In his conversations on Thursday at the Romanian Government House, China’s Executive Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli officially announced that China resumed procedures to approve imports of Romanian agri-food products, Romania’s Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea reports. ‘We have overcome the causes that led to the suspension of imports over mad cow disease suspicions. We have discussed today speeding up procedures in China for Romania’s exports of bovine meat, pork and chicken. There have also been request for imports of other products, such as alfalfa, wheat, maize and sunflower,’ Dragnea told a press conference.

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