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Updated: Mar 26,2015 9:59 PM     english.gov.cn

Premier Li Keqiang meets Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Beijing, capital of China, March 26, 2015.[Photo by Liu Weibing/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on March 26 and called for stronger cooperation in infrastructure construction.

The president is paying a state visit to China and to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia.

Li noted that Sargsyan and President Xi Jinping signed a joint declaration to further develop and deepen the countries’ friendly and cooperative relationship, which “injected new driving forces into the development of the bilateral relationship”.

China is committed to mutual respect, treating each other on equal footing, supporting each other, deepening friendly cooperation and boosting common development along with Armenia, Li said.

The Premier said China enjoys an advanced and abundant production capacity in a number of fields. It has accumulated rich experiences in the construction of infrastructure and its equipment is cost effective.

China is ready to correspond to the new development plan for Armenia and embark on cooperation in fields that include railways, motorways, nuclear power and electricity, he said.

China is also willing to help Armenia construct production lines of steel, cement and plate glass. Raw materials could be obtained locally for starting infrastructure construction and the industrialization process of Armenia will be boosted, achieving mutual benefits and a win-win situation, Li added.

The performance of the bilateral committee on economic and trade cooperation should be boosted, promoting exchanges and cooperation in areas such as economics and trade, culture and localities.

Sargsyan said the peoples of the two countries have enjoyed friendship for generations, and after the establishment of diplomatic relations, bilateral political mutual trust has deepened and the friendly cooperative relationship has been consistently promoted.

The two countries have become important political, economic and trade partners, and Armenia is willing to energetically tap into the potential of bilateral economic and trade cooperation, expand cooperation in tourism and aviation, expand cultural exchanges and promote common development, the president said.

The Armenian side welcomes Chinese enterprises coming to Armenia for investing, participating in infrastructure construction in areas such as motorways, nuclear power and electricity and cooperating in the mining sector, he said.

Armenia places hope on its cooperation with China in regard to production capacity to boost its economic and social development, he added.

Premier Li Keqiang meets Austrian President Heinz Fischer in Beijing, capital of China, March 26, 2015.[Photo by Liao Pan/China News Service]

Premier Li Keqiang met with Austrian President Heinz Fischer on March 26 in Beijing as China is ready to shape new cooperative highlights in areas such as environmental protection and new energy.

The president is paying a state visit to China and to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia.

Li hailed the long-standing dedication of the president to the development of the China-Austria relationship, as well as the important contributions made toward bilateral exchanges and cooperation.

The two countries, despite their different national conditions and degrees of development, have no critical conflicts of interest and the traditional friendship between the two peoples is profound, the Premier said.

Li said the Chinese government attaches importance to developing his relationship with Austria, and is willing to act on the basis of mutual respect and equality and mutual benefits, and bring new progress to the bilateral relationship in the new context.

China-Austria cooperation enjoys advantages, and it also enjoys opportunities and potential, the Premier said.

China is ready to work with Austria to shape new cooperative highlights in areas such as environmental protection, new energy, renewable energy, agriculture and science and technology, and promote the level of cooperation in fields such as finance and civil aviation, Li said.

Li also stressed that China attaches importance to developing its relationship with the European Union.

China is glad to see a consolidated and prosperous Europe as well as a powerful and stable euro, which will be helpful to shaping a multipolar world and boosting diversity of international reserve currencies, Li said.

The further development of China-European economic and trade relationships will facilitate the revival and stability of the world economy, Li added.

Fischer said the Austria-China relationship is very important and the potential for bilateral cooperation is remarkable.

Austria is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in areas such as environmental protection, new energy, agricultural technologies and aviation, and further expand cooperation in tourism and sports, he said.

Austria is supportive of the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and welcomes the expanding operations of Chinese banks in the country, the president said.

It is hoped that the Europe-China relationship is consistently strengthened and deepened, he added.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Premier Li Keqiang meets Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on March 26 in Beijing, capital of China, March 26, 2015.[Photo by Liu Weibing/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on March 26 in Beijing, voicing China’s hope to assist Sri Lankan efforts in promoting in its industrialization.

The president is paying a state visit to China and to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia.

Li noted that Sirisena and President Xi Jinping embarked on a frank and in-depth meeting in the morning and that they reached important consensus.

China has been consistently placing great priority on its relationship with Sri Lanka, and is ready to champion and develop the bilateral traditional friendship, along with Sri Lanka, to expand and deepen pragmatic cooperation and promote the development of the China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership, the Premier said.

China is committed to shaping a community of common destiny in its neighborhood, which will mean neighbors benefit from China’s development and China will benefit from development in the neighborhood, Li said.

The China-Sri Lanka cooperation is grounded in mutual benefits and win-win practices, and “it is not only intended for the whole country of Sri Lanka and its people, but is also beneficial to the development and prosperity of the East Asia and South Asia — the two most populous regions in the world,” the Premier said.

China is willing to further encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in and flourish in Sri Lanka, participate in the construction of infrastructure and major industrial projects, assist Sri Lankan efforts in promoting its industrialization and boost local development and employment, Li said.

Sri Lanka is expected to “ensure the consistency and stability of its policies, provide a good investment environment for the Chinese enterprises and champion their lawful rights and interests in real and concrete terms,” Li added.

Sirisena said the friendship between Sri Lanka and China enjoys a profound origin and a long history, and Sri Lanka appreciates China’s long-term, valuable support.

Upholding friendship with China has been a consistent policy endorsed by his country’s administrations, and the new administration views China as a sincere friend and values China’s support and assistance to Sri Lanka, the president said.

The new administration is willing to further cement and develop the friendly and cooperative Sri Lanka-China relationship, expects China to strengthen investment in Sri Lanka and is willing to boost exchanges and cooperation on international affairs, he added.

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