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Wen, Nano hold talks
Updated: 2004-09-14 01:04

China and Albania signed seven co-operative agreements Monday in Beijing to cement their co-operation in the areas of economy, education, sports, broadcasting and television, among others.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano attended the signing ceremony following a meeting between the two.

The documents included economic and technological co-operation, exemption of double taxation, and co-operation in areas of education, sports, radio broadcasting and television, and in chambers of commerce.

Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano at their meeting Monday in Beijing. Nano arrived Monday for a seven-day visit. [newsphoto]
Nano arrived in Beijing Monday on an official visit. It was the first meeting between the two heads of government in 38 years after the two countries established full diplomatic relations in November 1949.

Wen told Nano that China attaches great importance to its relations with Albania and hopes to bring bilateral relations to higher ground under the principles of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

"China is satisfied with the smooth growth of bilateral ties as we have strengthened political trust and expanded co-operation in economy, justice, culture, education and sports and other areas," Wen said.

The Chinese premier proposed that the two sides enhance political dialogue on various levels and expand exchange at levels of government, parliament, political parties and social organizations.

In addition, Wen said the two sides should upgrade the level of economic co-operation and trade, and encourage business people to invest in each others' countries.

Wen also appreciated the consistent one-China policy held by the Albanian Government.

Nano agreed with Wen's proposals.

He said Albania hopes to expand co-operation with China in economics and trade in particular. Albania expects more Chinese companies to participate in the building of Albania's transportation, energy, telecommunications, electronics and construction sectors, he said.

The Albanian prime minister spoke highly of China's role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in promoting world and regional peace, security and development.

In addition, Nano reiterated the Albanian Government's one-China policy and its support for China's reunification cause.


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