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Chinese president's visit to Austria composes music of friendship

11-02-2011 16:00 BJT Special Report:Chinese President Hu Jintao Visits Autria, Attend G20 Summit |

SALZBURG, Austria, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to Austria is of vital significance and marks the culmination of celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Austrian President Heinz Fischer said at the beginning of the talks between the two leaders Monday.

Meanwhile, the rhythm of China-Austria friendship was resonating along the Danube and the Alps during Hu's visit.

VISIT TO NATIONAL LIBRARY

Accompanied by Fischer, Hu paid a visit to Austria's National Library on Monday.

"This is the biggest library in Austria and one of the most valuable libraries in the world. The hall on the second floor is one of the most beautiful baroque halls in the world," Fischer said proudly.

Several pieces from the precious collections were displayed on a long table in the hall. Two manuscripts written by Haydn and Beethoven showed the unique charm of Austria as a nation of music, and several maps of China painted in the 17th and 18th centuries revealed Austrians' understanding of China back then.

When Hu expressed interest in a delicate Chinese book on Taoism and Buddhism, a staff member opened the book for him and told him more about it.

In response to Hu's enquiry about the library's exchange with China, the curator, Dr. Johanna Rachinger, said it enjoys close cooperation with the National Library of China, especially on digital management and information sharing.

At the end of his visit, Hu said the library is a witness to the friendship between the Chinese and the Austrian people.

"President Fischer and I talked about the necessity to strengthen friendship between the two peoples during our talks," Hu said.


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