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China, Austria to strengthen bilateral ties

11-02-2011 08:23 BJT

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President Hu Jintao is continuing his state visit to Austria on Tuesday ahead of the G20 summit that opens in Cannes on Wednesday. Hu met with top officials of Austria, with business and sightseeing on the agenda of the three-day visit.

Hu made a three-point proposal on advancing China-Austria practical cooperation during his meeting with Austrian Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann.

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer (R) in Vienna, Austria, Oct. 31, 2011. Hu Jintao held talks with Heinz Fischer in Vienna Monday. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Hu expects the two sides to double 2010 trade levels by 2015. He said China is ready to import more commodities from Austria, and hopes the Austrian side will increase hi-tech exports to China and create favourable conditions for Chinese businesses to invest in Austria.

Hu hopes the two sides can accelerate the construction of the China-Austria ecological park and step up cooperation in green public transport, ecological agriculture and life science.

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd L) holds talks with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer (2nd R) in Vienna, Austria, Oct. 31, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

China encouraged enterprises of both countries to expand their investment in the other’s country, jointly develop new products and participate in Central and Eastern Europe’s drive for economic development.

Faymann said Austria is ready to work with China to enhance practical cooperation in various areas such as politics, economy, trade and culture.

The Austrian side strives to improve energy efficiency, environmental protection and directs its efforts to research on solar and wind energy. The country is also willing to discuss with the Chinese side the creation of the ecological park.

The two sides exchanged views on the current economic and financial situation in Europe and the upcoming summit of the Group of Twenty.

President Hu Jintao also met with Barbara Prammer, Austrian National Council President, calling for greater cooperation between the two countries. Prammer hopes the Chinese and Austrian legislatures will promote exchange and cooperation so as to contribute more to the deepening of Sino-Austrian ties.

Hu was shceduled to arrive in Salzburg, the residence of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, later on Monday to continue his visit. China became Austria’s largest foreign trading partner outside of Europe last year, two-way trade has grown by about 30 percent year-on-year for the past three years.

Austria has advanced technology in environmental protection, new energies and materials, which are high on China’s 12th Five-Year Plan.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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