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LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER BOYKO BORISOV OF BULGARIA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria.

Li Keqiang noted that China and Bulgaria are trustworthy and good friends and partners. Attaching importance to Bulgaria’s strong desire of strengthening cooperation with China, the Chinese side is willing to expand practical cooperation in various fields with Bulgaria. China stands ready to encourage Chinese enterprises to give play to their advantages in agricultural equipment manufacturing when investing in Bulgaria as well as carry out cooperation in the deep processing of agricultural products with the country. Both sides could also jointly explore third-party markets so as to better realize mutual benefit and win-win results.

Expressing the willingness to advance cooperation with China, Boyko Borisov said that Bulgaria attaches great importance to the “16+1 cooperation”. Enterprises of both countries have already launched successful cooperation in agriculture. It is hoped that both sides could expand bilateral cooperation and extend third-party market cooperation.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER ANDREJ PLENKOVIĆ OF CROATIA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković of Croatia.

Li Keqiang noted that appreciating the active efforts Croatia has made in pushing forward China-Croatia relations and cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries, China is willing to encourage Chinese enterprises to, in the principle of equality, reciprocity and win-win results, participate in Croatia’s infrastructure construction. It is hoped that the Croatian side can provide favorable conditions and policy support in this regard. The Chinese side supports bilateral cooperation in tourism, which is believed to be not only conducive to people-to-people and cultural exchanges, but also beneficial to the launch of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

Andrej Plenković expressed that Croatia is willing to take the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship coming next year as an opportunity to strengthen the alignment between the two countries’ development strategies and launch cooperation in equipment manufacturing. Croatia welcomes Chinese enterprises to participate in its infrastructure construction.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER MIRO CERAR OF SLOVENIA

On the afternoon of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Miro Cerar of Slovenia.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Slovenia relations maintain a sound development momentum. China stands ready to make joint efforts with Slovenia to push forward the continuous development of bilateral friendship and practical cooperation in various fields, strengthen the integration of development strategies and expand cooperation in civil aviation, sports, tourism and other fields, so as to realize a wider range of mutual benefit and win-win results.

Miro Cerar said that pleased to see the substantial progress Slovenia and China have scored in economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other areas, Slovenia is willing to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen bilateral cooperation as well as cooperation under the “16+1 cooperation” framework and enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in sports with China.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER EDI RAMA OF ALBANIA

On the afternoon of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania.

Li Keqiang said that China and Albania enjoy profound traditional friendship and bilateral relations maintain a solid political foundation. At present, bilateral cooperation in major projects is undergoing positive progress. China encourages Chinese enterprises to invest and establish business in Albania based on market-oriented principles and conduct cooperation in such areas as water conservancy, energy and infrastructure construction. It is believed that bilateral cooperation will achieve positive progress. It is hoped that the two countries could continuously strengthen cooperation under the “16+1 cooperation” framework to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

Edi Rama noted that in recent years, Albania and China have carried out smooth cooperation in infrastructure, oil, gas, water resource, tourism and other fields, which has opened up new areas for future cooperation between the two countries. The Albanian side is glad to see positive outcomes from the “16+1 cooperation”, and is willing to continue to make positive contributions to this end.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER EMIL DIMITRIEV OF MACEDONIA

On the afternoon of November 4, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Riga with Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev of Macedonia.

Li Keqiang said that China-Macedonia friendly cooperative relationship enjoys smooth progress and broad prospects. China encourages Chinese enterprises to participate in the construction of highway, railway and other infrastructure in Macedonia. It is hoped that both sides could enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen cooperation in traditional Chinese medicine and other areas and strengthen cooperation in finance, so as to enable more extensive and in-depth development of China-Macedonia cooperation as well as better benefit the two peoples.

Emil Dimitriev said that Macedonia and China maintain sound political relations, and bilateral cooperation in economy and trade has boosted Macedonia’s economic development. The Macedonian side is willing to work with China to reinforce mutually beneficial cooperation and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Macedonia welcomes more Chinese enterprises to increase investment and cooperation in its infrastructure construction and other fields.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

XI JINPING SENDS CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO NEWLY-APPOINTED PRESIDENT MICHEL AOUN OF LEBANON

On November 4, 2016, President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to newly-appointed President Michel Aoun of Lebanon. On behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, President Xi Jinping congratulated Michel Aoun on his election as President of Lebanon.

Xi Jinping pointed out in the message that the Chinese and Lebanese people enjoy profound friendship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relationship 45 years ago, China and Lebanon have achieved steady development in bilateral relations, constantly enhanced political mutual trust, continuously advanced cooperation in economy and trade, gradually intensified people-to-people and cultural exchanges and maintained sound communication and coordination in international and regional affairs. Attaching great importance to the development of China-Lebanon relations, I am willing to make joint efforts with President Michel Aoun to constantly develop China-Lebanon friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation and better benefit the two countries and the two peoples.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER TAAVI ROIVAS OF ESTONIA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with Prime Minister Taavi Roivas of Estonia at the hotel where he stayed in Riga.

Li Keqiang said that China regards Estonia as a good friend and good partner in the Baltic region. China is willing to take the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-Estonia diplomatic relationship as an opportunity to promote friendly cooperation and intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The Chinese side encourages its enterprises to carry out cooperation in various areas with Estonia, and participate in railway, port and other infrastructure construction of Estonia. China supports Estonia to continually give play to its advantages in such areas as information technology and e-commerce, so as to create new highlights in innovation cooperation under the framework of the “16 +1 cooperation”.

Taavi Roivas said that bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum of constant development, and bilateral economic cooperation is full of potential. Estonia is willing to strengthen bilateral cooperation in transportation, logistics and other fields to advance e-commerce cooperation within the framework of the “16 +1 cooperation”.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER ALEKSANDAR VUCIC OF SERBIA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia at the hotel where he stayed in Riga.

Li Keqiang stated that China and Serbia enjoy profound traditional friendship and bilateral relations maintain a good momentum of development. President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to Serbia this year, upgrading bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. China stands ready to adhere to mutual respect and equal treatment with Serbia and support the efforts of Serbia in safeguarding national sovereignty as well as independence and exploring its own development path. China is willing to make joint efforts with the Serbian side to well carry out agreed projects, such as the Budapest-Belgrade railway and highways, and push bilateral pragmatic cooperation for constant and new results, so as to better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results and benefit the two peoples.

Aleksandar Vucic said that both countries are good friends harboring mutual trust and bilateral friendly relations enjoy smooth development with satisfying outcomes from bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, energy, mining and other areas. Serbia appreciates and thanks China for its great emphasis on bilateral relations and its support to Serbia, and is willing to further deepen bilateral cooperation in order to constantly achieve new development.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER ANDREI KOBYAKOV OF BELARUS

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov of Belarus at the hotel where he stayed in Riga.

Li Keqiang said that China always regards Belarus as a close friend and important partner in the European region. This September, President Xi Jinping held a fruitful meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko during his visit in China, and both countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership. Belarus is welcomed to attend the “16+1” summit this time as an observer. China is willing to maintain the sound development momentum of bilateral relations, enhance high-level exchanges, strengthen cooperation in such fields as production capacity and equipment manufacturing, and deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to push bilateral friendly cooperation for constant development.

Andrei Kobyakov expressed that Belarus is willing to seize the new opportunities for the development of bilateral relations, strengthen cooperation in production capacity and equipment manufacturing, lift the level of bilateral trade, and expand cooperation in finance, tourism and other areas, so as to constantly push forward bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

LI KEQIANG MEETS WITH CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS DENIS ZVIZDIC OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

On the morning of November 5, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met with Chairman of Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the hotel where he stayed in Riga.

Li Keqiang said that in recent years, China and Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoy a sound development momentum in economic and trade cooperation, and key cooperation projects between both sides have been successfully implemented. China is willing to encourage its enterprises to participate in the construction of thermal power and transportation infrastructure in Bosnia and Herzegovina and jointly discuss financing cooperation with the country. With advantages in the manufacturing of farm-produce equipment, China is willing to carry out cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the deep processing of agricultural products.

Denis Zvizdic said that cooperation with China is very important for the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The country is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in key areas such as electricity, transportation and agriculture, so as to promote the early implementation of relevant projects.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)