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President Hu Meets Dutch PM
    2008-10-23 15:11:12     Xinhua


Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) meets Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Dutch leader is in Beijing for the 7th summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting scheduled to open from Oct 24th to 25th. [Photo: cnsphoto]


Related: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Meets Dutch Prime Minister 


Chinese President Hu Jintao met Thursday with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who is in Beijing for an official visit and the seventh Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to be held on Oct. 24 to 25.

During the meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Hu said Sino-Dutch relations have witnessed stable development since 1972, when the two countries established diplomatic relations.

The two sides have maintained high-level communication and exchanges at other levels and improved political mutual trust, Hu said.

The president noted that bilateral economic cooperation was also fruitful with the Netherlands remaining China's second largest trade partner in the European Union (EU) over the past five consecutive years.

He pointed out that successful cooperation in agriculture, science and technology, water conservancy and other fields has become an important symbol of Sino-Dutch mutually beneficial cooperation and even Sino-European cooperation.

Hu stressed that the Chinese government has attached importance to the development of bilateral relations and is willing to reinforce friendly communication with the Netherlands at all levels, keep expanding and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation in various sectors, and enhance communication and coordination on key international issues.

Hu pointed out that China has been paying great attention to the development of Sino-European relations and supporting EU integration. China welcomes EU to play a more active and constructive role in international affairs and hopes to make joint efforts with EU to push forward Sino-European relations.

Balkenende said the two sides have worked together in many fields including economy and trade, investment, science and technology, water conservancy, sustainable development and judicial affairs.

The prime minister said China has made great achievements in economic development and improvement of its legal system, and that China is playing an increasingly important role in maintaining the stability of the world economy.

He expressed the willingness to enhance dialogue and cooperation with China on the basis of equality and mutual respect, further bilateral relations, advance the development of Sino-EU relations, and jointly deal with the financial crisis and other challenges facing the international community.



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