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Premier Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Austrian Prime Minister Schuessel
2005-04-20

On April 20 2005, Premier Wen Jiaobao of the State Council held talks with visiting Austrian Prime Minister Wolfgang Schuessel at the Great Hall of the People.

Premier Wen Jiabao said that Austria is an important partner of China in Europe. In recent years, both countries maintained frequent high-level exchanges. The mutual political trust is further enhanced and the economic and trade cooperation grows steadily. Fruitful results have been achieved in the extensive exchanges and cooperation in every field. Bilateral relations develop in a positive and comprehensive manner. The Chinese side feels satisfied with the sound development of China-Austria relations.

Premier Wen noted that next year would be the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. The Chinese side is willing to take the opportunity work together with the Austrian side to make new headways in bilateral relationship. Premier Wen put forward a 3-point proposal for further developing bilateral ties. First, to continue high-level contacts, and maintain exchanges and cooperation between different agencies at different level. The Chinese side is willing to carry out consultations and coordination with the Austrian side on international and regional issues under bilateral and multilateral frameworks. Second, to continue to tap the potentials for economic and trade cooperation. China welcomes Austrian companies to invest in China, and especially participate in the construction of the western region of China and the rejuvenating of the old industrial base in Northeast China. China hopes that the small and medium-sized enterprises can strengthen cooperation. Third, to continue to enhance exchanges and cooperation in such fields as culture, science, technology, and education.

With regard to China-EU relationship, Premier Wen said that EU plays an influential role in international affairs and EU is both the comprehensive strategic partner and the largest trade partner of China. The Chinese government gives priority to developing China-EU relationship and is willing to further enhance the political trust and deepen the cooperation in every field between China and EU. The Chinese side appreciates Austria for its positive attitude toward the lifting of EU arms embargo on China. The Chinese side is willing to cooperate closely with Austria to promote China-EU relations in a comprehensive way.

Premier Wen said the Chinese side appreciates Austria for the consistent adherence to one-China policy and hopes that the Austrian side understands and supports the efforts of China in safeguarding national sovereign and territorial integrity and realizing peaceful reunification across the Taiwan Straits.

Schuessel agreed with the proposal put forward by Premier Wen for further developing bilateral ties. He said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties, bilateral relations have witnessed positive achievements, with bilateral cooperation strengthened and cooperation fields expanded. China is now the 2nd largest trade partner of EU and the 1st largest trade partner as well as one of the important partners of Austria in Asia. The economies of Austria and China are highly complementary and both sides can benefit from each other. The Austria side is willing to work together the Chinese counterparts to deepen and consolidate the cooperation in every field including politics, economy, trade, security, culture, science, technology, and agriculture in a bid to advance bilateral ties in a comprehensive manner.

Schuessel noted that Austria regards China as an important strategic partner and both sides hold similar views on many international and regional issues. The Austrian side is willing to work closely with China to propel the development of China-EU relationship. He said that adherence to one-China policy is one of the fundamental policies of the Austrian government, which will never be changed.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concerns.

Following the talks, both sides signed 5 documents including the Agreement of Animal Quarantine and Sanitary Cooperation between the Chinese government and the Austrian government. Wen Jiabao and Scheusel attended the signing ceremony.

Before the talks, Premier Wen hosted a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister Schuessel at the Great Hall of the People. Vice-Chairwoman Zhang Rongming of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Minister of Culture Sun Jiazheng also attended the ceremony.

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