DARWIN, Australia, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's just-concluded four-nation tour to the Asia-Pacific region has contributed to promoting China's foreign economic and trade cooperation, said Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Chen Jian here on Wednesday.
Xi's visit to Bangladesh, Laos, New Zealand and Australia is a very important tour that enabled him to have extensive exchange of views with political and business leaders of these countries on a wide range of issues such as enhancing bilateral economic and trade ties, Chen said in an interview with Chinese news media.
He noted that China and these countries have reached broad consensus,and the leaders of these countries have expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation with China and advance ties with China in economy and trade, he said.
During Vice President Xi's visit, a series of cooperation pacts were signed between governments and companies, the senior Chinese commerce official said.
As Xi attended the opening ceremony of the China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Seminar, delivered a speech to the Australia-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, and met with senior business leaders at a China-Australia CEO roundtable meeting, he sent a clear message to the world that China is ready to develop economic and trade ties with other countries, Chen said.
The message has got positive response from various social sectors of these countries, he said.
On the economic and trade cooperation between China and these countries amid the global financial crisis, Chen said it was amazing that the two-way trade volume between China and the four countries grew rather than dipped.
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