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President Hu meets Canadian PM Martin
Updated: 2005-01-22 10:54

Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Beijing Friday that China and Canada, taking the opportunity of the 35th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic ties, should further all-round cooperation.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan. 21, 2005. [Xinhua]
He made the remarks when meeting with Canadian Prime MinisterPaul Martin at the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said China and Canada enjoy close political ties, which are getting stronger. Trade and economic ties also are developing in an all-round way. Cooperation in other fields also has produced fruitful results.

China appreciated Canada's adherence to the one-China policy on the Taiwan issue, Hu said. The two sides should enhance cooperation within bilateral and multilateral framework against the background of economic globalization and accelerating regional cooperation.

This move is in the interests of both sides, and is conduciveto boosting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world at large, Hu said.

Recalling his talks with Hu at the 12th Asia-Pacific EconomicCooperation (APEC) Summit in Chile last year, Martin said the two sides at that time reached important consensus on promoting Canada-China ties. Currently the consensus is being put into practice, hesaid, as the two sides established a strategic working group and issued a common paper concerned.

This showed the high-level contact is of great importance to strengthening mutual understanding and boosting reciprocal cooperation. The Canadian side hoped to forge a long-term partnership with the Chinese side, and carry out wide-ranging cooperation in bilateral and international affairs, he added.

Martin also reiterated Canada will continue to stick to the one-China policy.

At the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Martin arrivedhere on Jan. 20 for a four-day official visit to China.

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