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Hu Jintao Meets with His Finnish Counterpart Halonen

On the morning of May 29, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen at the Great Hall of the People.

Hu said on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, it is of great significance that President Halonen once again led a delegation to China for celebrations and attended Finland’s National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo.

Hu hailed the development of Sino-Finnish ties over the last six decades. The north European state recognized the People's Republic of China in 1950, one of the first Western countries to do so. In recent years, the two countries have witnessed a strong momentum in bilateral relations, with frequent exchanges and increasing high-level visits which have enhanced mutual trust and cooperation in various fields, Hu said. Both sides also maintained close coordination in multilateral affairs. Hu highlighted bilateral trade and investment cooperation, adding that he expected increased understanding, friendship and cooperation through celebrations on the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties in a bid to open up a brighter future for China-Finland friendly cooperative relations.

Halonen said she was glad to visit China and attend the national pavilion day of Finland at the Shanghai Expo. She hailed the Expo as a great success, saying it attaches great importance to harmony of man with nature. The spirit of harmony is also fully manifested in Finland-China relations. Bilateral cooperation covers a wide range of areas and has achieved remarkable outcomes. She hoped both sides will further tap potential and expand cooperation in environmental protection and coordination on international and regional affairs. Finland, as a sincere friend of China, is ready to work with China to push forward bilateral ties by taking the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya and other officials attended the meeting.

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