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Zeng Qinghong Meets with Austrian Prime Minister Schuessel

In April 20 2005, Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong met with Austrian Prime Minister Wolfgang Schuessel at the Great Hall of the People.

Zeng Qinghong made a positive comment on the development of China-Austria relations. He said that in recent years, the leaders of both countries maintained close contacts, with mutual understanding and trust enhanced and remarkable results achieved with the economic and trade cooperation between the two sides. Cultural exchanges have become the highlight of bilateral exchanges. The cooperation is characterized by diversified forms, rich contents and effective results. Meanwhile both countries maintain close cooperation and consultations in international affairs. The Chinese side feels satisfied with the positive development of bilateral ties.

Zeng Qinghong expressed that the Chinese side always values China-Austria relationship and the role of Austria in European and international affairs. China is willing to cooperate with the Austrian side to deepen mutual understanding and political trust, strengthen the exchanges and cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, environmental protection, forestry, ecological agriculture, and culture, expand common consensus on international affairs and consolidate consultation and cooperation in the UN and other international organizations in a bid to push bilateral relations and friendly cooperation into a new development stage.

The Taiwan issue is a key issue of principle related to the sovereign and territorial integrity of China. The Chinese side appreciates the Austrian government for adhering to one-China policy and hopes that the Austrian side understands and supports the efforts of China in realizing peaceful reunification across the Taiwan Straits, according to Zeng.

Schuessel said that in recent years, China-Austria relations continue to grow, with outstanding results achieved in the economic and trade cooperation, and the exchange and cooperation moving smoothly in such fields as civil servants training and judicature. China has made striking achievements in the national construction and is now the 6th largest economy in the world and the No. 1 trade partner of Austria in Asia. The Austrian government attaches great importance to the comprehensive development of bilateral ties and is willing to work together with the Chinese side to improve friendly relations, and deepen the cooperation in various fields including economy, trade, and environmental protection. Schuessel reaffirmed that the Austrian government will continue as always to adhere to one-China policy.

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