China and Italy are committed to developing a new strategic
partnership, said State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan Tuesday, adding the
Chinese government is to join hands with Italy to upgrade bilateral
ties up to a higher level.
Tang made the remarks when meeting with visiting Italian Deputy
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema.
The two countries have transcended their difference in
historical and cultural traditions, political systems and
development mode, and work closely to promote their new strategic
partnership in an all-round way, Tang said.
D'Alema appreciated the great achievements China has made since
its reform and opening-up as well as China's important role on the
He said the Italian government highly values its relations with
China, and is willing to further enhance bilateral exchanges and
cooperation in politics, economy, culture and other areas.
The two sides also conferred on other international and regional
issues of common concern.
D'Alema started his four-day China trip on Sunday as guest of
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing.
(Xinhua News Agency November 15, 2006)