Finnish, Chinese presidents pledge closer ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto in the Netherlands on 23 March, and the two leaders pledged to boost bilateral cooperation.

It was the second meeting between the two presidents in a year. In April last year, Niinisto visited China and the two presidents agreed to develop a new type of cooperative partnership between the two countries.2fin_cn_relations

During Sunday’s meeting, Xi said China-Finland cooperation on investment, environmental protection, innovation and urbanization has achieved new results over the past year, among which are the “Beautiful Beijing” environmental protection project, and the FinChi Innovation Center.

Xi said he hopes the two sides will speed up negotiations on a new political document and blueprint for their cooperation in various areas in a more effective manner.

He also called for joint efforts for next year’s Helsinki Festival, at which China will be the principal guest country.

Xi said China stands ready to work together with Finland, an important member of the European Union (EU), to boost China-Europe cooperation.

Hailing the smooth cooperation between the two countries, Niinisto said the Finnish side wishes to sign a political document with China as soon as possible and constantly push forward the bilateral relationship.

Finland welcomes China’s participation in the North Pole affairs and is willing to cooperate with the Chinese side in this regard, noted the Finnish leader.

Source: Xinhuanet
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-03/24/c_126304490.htm

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