China and Finland on Friday agreed to further their inter-parliamentary cooperation.
The agreement was reached as visiting Finnish Parliament Speaker Eero Heinaluoma met with China’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang and top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Thursday afternoon in Beijing.
In April, leaders of the two countries reached an important consensus on constructing a new cooperative partnership, bringing the relationship between the two nations to a higher level, Zhang said, pledging that the NPC would make joint efforts with the Finnish parliament to maintain friendly exchanges at various levels on managing national development, democracy, legislature and the legal system.
Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), gladly recalled his recent visit to Finland and hailed China-Finland cooperation in the fields of trade, education, science and technology, and culture.
China is willing to step up its cooperation with Finland on environmental protection, green development and Arctic affairs, Yu told Heinaluoma.
In regards to recent disputes between China and the European Union (EU) over the EU’s provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels, Yu expressed his appreciation for Finland’s adherence to the principle of free trade and its opposition to trade protectionism.
He noted that China will try to resolve the disputes with the EU through dialogues, and he hopes Finland will continue to play an active role in helping to resolve the issue.
Heinaluoma also extended his congratulations to China for its successful launch of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft.
He also vowed to boost ties between the two parliaments and the two nations.