“Congratulations on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China!”
On the 1st of October the People’s Republic of China celebrates its National Day. I am happy to take this opportunity to extend to the Chinese people my warmest wishes for peace, happiness and prosperity.
Pragmatism and continuity have always defined the relationship between Romania and China. Last years, we celebrated 65 years of diplomatic relations and 10 years since the Comprehensive Partnership for Friendship and Cooperation between Romania and China was signed. This was a milestone in the solid development of our bilateral relations, as the two sides agreed to consolidate collaboration along three main directions: intensifying high level and ministerial political dialogue, actively promoting economic cooperation and expanding people-to-people exchanges and cultural cooperation.
China is our first economic partner in Asia and our close ties of friendship and cooperation have been strengthened, during this last year, through frequent high-level visits and fruitful contacts between the Parliaments, Government ministries or agencies, which further facilitated in-depth talks on projects which will bring rich mutual benefits. During these exchanges, both sides decided to deepen the cooperation by signing new Memorandum of Understanding in several fields, such as railway infrastructure, agriculture and health care. As a result, yearly Romanian-Chinese trade volume rises to 4 billion USD.
I am also very confident that our people-to-people exchanges will increase as a result of the opening of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing in June 2015, the first of its kind, not only in China, but on the Asian continent. We deeply believe that this will help diversify our traditional friendship with China and enhance mutual understanding, by making full use of the modern instruments of cultural diplomacy. During the short period since its inauguration, the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing has already hosted several exhibitions of Romanian graphic works and tapestry and took part in the 2015 Beijing International Book Fair. Furthermore, we intend to open a Romanian Tourism Promotion Office in Beijing soon.
China is also a strategic partner for the European Union, both from a political and economic point of view. The facilitation of trade and economic co-operation, including in relation to the Asian emerging economies, is one of the most important sets of European policies and Romania is a firm supporter of these initiatives.
Romania contributes to the strengthening of the EU-China relationship and sustains EU’s connectivity potential through the Danube Strategy, the Black Sea Port of Constanta and also through substantial investments and economic projects in various fields, such as energy, agriculture, infrastructure, information technology and tourism. We welcome the interest Chinese companies are showing in undertaking projects in Romania and hope that their investments and expertise will help raise the level of our economic cooperation.
Our bilateral relations benefited to a large extent as a result of the framework of cooperation proposed by China four years ago in order to enhance practical collaboration with the countries in Central and Eastern Europe, based on a solid tradition of friendship. In a short time, this initiative grew into a rich set of cooperation arrangements between both the central governments and the local authorities of both countries, now known as the „Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries”. Romania actively takes part in the various activities held in this format and looks forward to the Summit of Heads of Governments of China and Central and Eastern European Countries that China is due to host by the end of 2015.
Having such a rich set of development paths for our relationship gives us confidence that the Romanian-Chinese traditional ties of friendship and cooperation will continue to face a bright future.