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Relations between China and major world powers are developing in the direction of cooperation and win-win results, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

China has promoted dialogues and cooperation with major world powers and enhanced relations with major world powers, according to a press release from the ministry that summed up China's diplomacy in the past year.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to China in November 2007 was very fruitful. The two countries reached important consensus, and Sarkozy expressed his country's opposition to "Taiwan Independence" and the referendum on Taiwan's UN membership, the ministry said.

The ministry said that China and Japan agreed to make joint efforts to implement the commitment of building China-Japan strategic and mutually beneficial relations, and to promote the lasting, healthy and steady development of bilateral ties, citing Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's "spring herald" visit to China in December 2007, which followed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's "ice-thawing" trip to Japan in April 2007.

China and India sent a positive signal to the world showing that the two nations will support each other, seek common development and jointly build a harmonious world by jointly releasing the document, "A Shared Vision for the 21st Century of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of India", during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to China in January.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's successful visit to China in January also further promoted the two nations' readiness to continue to strengthen cooperation in such fields as finance, economy and trade, environmental protection and culture, in a bid to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership.

China and the European Union proposed 47 measures to strengthen their comprehensive strategic partnership in a joint statement issued at the 10th China-EU summit held in Beijing in November, 2007.

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday congratulated Dmitry Medvedev on his victory in Russia's presidential election during a telephone conversation.

The new Russian president told Hu that to develop the strategic partnership of coordination is the only option for Russia's policy toward China. The two also vowed to make joint efforts to promote the continuous development of China-Russia relations.

China-Germany relations returned to normal after an up-and-down period. Germany said this year that it would continue to adhere to the one-China policy, give neither support nor encouragement to any attempt seeking Tibet independence and firmly oppose a referendum for UN membership to be conducted by the Taiwan authorities.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to China in February highlighted the reality that the United States and China had established solid bilateral ties, with the United States reiterating its adherence to the one-China policy and opposition to Taiwan's referendum for UN membership.

Sound cooperation between the United States and China is conducive to creating a secure and peaceful world environment, the ministry said.

China's respective strategic dialogues with the United States, Japan, Australia and India and exchanges of views with these countries helped deepen their understanding of China's adherence to peaceful development and enhanced mutual political trust.

This will be a special year for China, as there is a great event, the Beijing Olympic Games. The world has also supported China for the games.

When some forces tried to connect the Games with political issues, which undermined the principles of the Olympic Charter, leaders of some 100 countries clearly expressed their plan to attend the Olympic Games, giving trust and support to Beijing, said the ministry.

(Xinhua News Agency March 5, 2008)

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