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The President of the Republic met with the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China

President Arnold Rüütel today at Kadriorg met with the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Li Zhaoxing.

The meeting addressed relations between China and Estonia. It was unanimously found that the relations between the two countries were good and quickly developing. The President of the Republic spoke about the interest of Estonia towards further advancement of cooperation in transit trade with China, and highlighted the importance of mutual educational and cultural contacts, which are becoming more and more intensive. President Rüütel commented the work done in Estonia by the Chinese Ambassador Hong Jiuyin.

In his turn, the Chinese Foreign Minister gave recognition to President Rüütel for social stability achieved in Estonia. "We are proud and pleased that we have got such a good partner in Estonia - not so very far away from China," Li Zhaoxing said. The high-ranking guest added that bilateral cooperation was expanding also within the framework of Chinese-European Union strategic cooperation. The UN reform plans were treated briefly, and both sides expressed to the reforms their support in principle.

Also, the state visit of President Rüütel to China, which is to begin next week, was discussed. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said that President Hu Jintao was looking forward to the visit of the head of Estonian state, and that the Chinese government was ready to intensify relations in economy as well as in other fields. The President of the Republic said that the visit would give a good opportunity for direct discussions on many topics that are important for the development of relations between the two countries. Both sides noted that the work of a strong business delegation, accompanying the Head of State, would considerably facilitate the intensification of bilateral economic relations.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, August 16, 2005

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