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The President of the Republic met with the Chinese top legislator

Today, during the state visit, President Arnold Rüütel met in Beijing with the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Wu Bangguo.

The meeting focused on tightening parliamentary cooperation both on the level of top legislators, committees and international parliamentary organisations. This topic was also touched upon by Enn Eesmaa, Chairman of the Riigikogu (Parliament) Committee on External Affairs. It was a common opinion of all those present that in several fields the cooperation between Estonia and China has obtained a new dimension by the fact that Estonia is now an EU member.

Both parties expressed their readiness to tighten Estonia-China cooperation. As a practical step, a visit of the Riigikogu Committee on External Affairs to China should take place in 2006.

The meeting also dwelled upon Estonia-China cooperation in the field of culture, research and economy, in the latter case mostly regarding transit activities. Wu Bangguo acknowledged Estonia's success in the IT field. He gave also a survey of the success China has achieved as well as of the problems requiring solutions, which will be dealt with within the next five-year plan. The concerns pointed out by the Chinese party included the improvement of the regional balance, mitigation of social inequality and decrease of poverty - especially in the Western areas of China.

Today in the morning President Rüütel and the delegation made a tour of the Great Wall of China in Badaling near Beijing. According to the Estonian head of the state, this pearl of the world cultural heritage is really impressive and worth of admiration.

In the afternoon a business seminar, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, was held at the Kempinski Hotel. The speakers of the seminar with the audience of Estonian business delegation included managers of the enterprises, which operate in China on the basis of investments from Europe, but also a representative of the European Chamber of Commerce. Speakers shared their experience and gave recommendations concerning the foundation of companies in China and spoke about promoting economic relations with China. Speakers underlined the fast growth of Chinese economy and new opportunities. The audience was very much interested in the speeches delivered and active in posing additional questions to the speakers.

According to the speakers at the business seminar, entrepreneurs must prepare themselves very thoroughly in order to operate in China; they must have a long-term strategy, protected intellectual property and good consultants possessing sound information on the changes occurring in the business environment as well as knowledge of the cultural specifics of China.

Today Minister of Agriculture Ester Tuiksoo met with her Chinese counterpart Du Qinglin. They spoke about a further development of Estonia-Chinese cooperation in the agricultural sphere; Estonian minister gave a survey on the Estonian fishing sector.

Mart Siimann, President of the Estonian Olympic Committee and Martti Raju, Sports Director met with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Organising Committee administration field leaders. Heads of the transportation, accommodation, accreditation, Olympic Village and other divisions gave a survey of the Olympic Games preparation activities. Representatives of the Estonian Olympic Committee were received by BOCOG Executive Vice-President Wang Wei.

Tomorrow President Rüütel will visit Xian, meet Li Hue Mei, Mayor of Xian and visit Emperor Qin Shihuang's Terracotta Warriors Museum. The head of the state will return to Estonia on Tuesday, August 30.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, August 26, 2005

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