China and the Czech Republic vowed to make joint efforts to
enhance bilateral relations in various spheres, when visiting
Chinese State Councilor Hua Jianmin met with Czech Prime Minister
Mirek Topolanek Monday.
Conveying cordial greetings from Chinese Primier Wen Jiabao to
Topolanek, Hua said the Chinese government has attached great
importance to its relations with the Czech Republic, which is among
the first to establish diplomatic ties with China and has
maintained traditional friendship with the people's republic.
He noted that recent years witnessed a strong momentum in the
development of bilateral ties, as leaders of the two countries
maintain close contact and exchanges and cooperation are growing
vigorously in various fields.
Hua expressed China's willingness to further deepen mutual
understanding, build up mutual trust, develop friendship and
promote cooperation to elevate bilateral relations to a new
Topolanek spoke highly of Czech-China relations, saying his
government attaches much importance to developing its relations of
friendship and cooperation with China, and is willing to work
together to promote win-win cooperation of mutual benefit in all
As the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU) next year,
Topolanek said Prague will play a constructive role in promoting
Topolanek reiterated that the Czech Republic adheres to its
one-China policy and respects China's policies on the Taiwan
He also expressed his hope that Taiwan Straits and its
surrounding areas could maintain peace and stability.
On the same day, the Chinese state councilor also held talks
with Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra on bilateral
trade, protection of intellectual property and products quality.
The two leaders agreed to continue deepening exchanges and
cooperation on humanity and culture, sports, personnel and
Hua arrived in Prague Sunday for an official visit at the
invitation of Vondra.
(Xinhua News Agency January 15, 2008)