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Chinese president leaves Salzburg for G20 summit in Cannes

11-02-2011 17:08 BJT Special Report:Chinese President Hu Jintao Visits Autria, Attend G20 Summit |

SALZBURG, Austria, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao concluded his state visit to Austria and left Salzburg for Cannes, France, Wednesday for a Group of 20 (G20) summit.

Hu began his visit to Austria on Sunday. He became the first Chinese head of state to visit Austria in 12 years.

On Monday, Hu held talks with his Austrian counterpart, Heinz Fischer, and met Chancellor Werner Faymann and National Council President Barbara Prammer.

In his talks with Fischer, Hu spoke highly of the ties between the two countries, saying that China values its relations with Austria and is willing to join hands with Austria to elevate bilateral ties to a higher level.

The Chinese leader proposed that the two sides enhance their political relationship based on equality and mutual trust, continue with their frequent high-level contacts and steer bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.

The two countries should also expand their mutually beneficial economic and trade relations, he said, while calling for concerted efforts to fight trade protectionism and encourage mutual investment so as to achieve a balanced, diversified and sustainable trade relationship.

Hu urged Vienna to play a more active role in pushing for the EU's recognition of China's full market economy status and for a lift of the bloc's restrictions on high-tech exports to China.

In the culture sphere, the two sides should promote people-to-people exchanges and boost cultural and educational cooperation, Hu said.

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