Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo met in Chisinau Sunday with
Moldavian President Vladinir Voronin on promoting cooperation
between the two countries.
Wu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National
People's Congress (NPC), arrived here earlier Saturday for a
two-day official visit following a trip to Romania.
During the meeting, Voronin said that the exchange of high-level
visits between the two countries has contributed to promoting
bilateral relations to a higher level. He expressed his belief that
Wu's ongoing visit will further strengthen relations and promote
cooperation between the two countries.
Voronin said that developing friendly relations with China is a
consensus among the Moldavian government, parliament and political
parties, which is conducive to the fundamental interests of the
He said the good political ties between Moldova and China should
constitute an impetus to enhancing cooperation in economic and
The president reiterated that his government sticks to the
one-China policy, saying that there is but one China in the
Wu said that bilateral ties between China and Moldova have
developed healthily since the two countries forged diplomatic ties
14 years ago.
The visit by then Chinese President Jiang Zemin to Moldova in
2001 and the one by President Voronin to China in 2003 had helped
push the Sino-Moldavian ties to new highs, he added.
Wu noted that China attaches importance to Sino-Moldavian
relations and is willing to work together with Moldova to increase
exchanges of top-level visits and to deepen economic and trade
cooperation, so as to further develop the bilateral relations on
the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
At a meeting with Moldavian Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev, Wu
said China will seriously carry out the existing cooperation
projects with Moldova on the basis of mutual benefit.
The bilateral economic and trade cooperation, a material basis
for strengthening the Sino-Moldavian relations, has a great
potential, Wu said.
He said China is willing to work with Moldova to create
favorable conditions, tap potentials and help their enterprises
take the lead in strengthening bilateral economic and trade
Wu added that although the scale of the current economic and
trade cooperation is not so big, the development trend is promising
with the trade volume increasing very quickly.
For his part, Tarlev said Moldova highly values the mutual
trust, friendship and cooperation with China, and will make
concerted efforts with China to vigorously push forward
mutually-beneficial economic and social cooperation between the two
The foundation for the Moldavian-Chinese ties is very strong and
there will be no obstacle in developing the relations between the
two countries in the future, he said.
Tarlev recalled his visit to China in 2001, saying he was deeply
impressed by the great achievements China had made since it adopted
the policy of reform and opening to the outside world in its
construction and modernization drive.
Wu arrived here earlier Saturday for a two-day official
good-well visit. Moldova is the second leg of his four-nation tour,
which will also take him to Greece and Russia.
(Xinhua News Agency May 22, 2006)