Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu was received by the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, alongside the chiefs of another 15 European governmental delegations taking part in the 4th edition of China-Central and Eastern Europe Summit held in Suzhou.
“Minister Lazar Comanescu reconfirmed Romania’s interest in the promotion and further development of the bilateral Romanian-Chinese relations on all levels, in the spirit of those agreed by the presidents of Romania and China at the meeting they had in this September in New York, amid the high-level segment of the 70th U.N. General Assembly”, the Foreign Ministry said in a release.
The Romanian top diplomat also met the chairman of the Chinese Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Ji Zhiye and other members of the CICIR management. The Chinese side showed special interest in Romania’s perceptions of the European building and the security developments in eastern and southern Europe, the release added.
“At the same time, the Chinese side presented its vision of the future G-20 presidency, which it will exercise in 2016 as well as China’s priorities in the development of the relations with the EU. Interest was expressed in stepping up the cooperation between the international relations institutions and the specialist think-tanks of the two countries”, the ministry said.
The Chinese Institutes of Contemporary International Relations based in Beijing were set up in 1980, at present being the biggest and most influential among the relevant Chinese institutes. The CICIR analyses and studies are worked out on commission from various departments and institutions of the government and are supplied them or included in academic publications.
The Romanian foreign minister also met representatives of the Chinese subsidiary of the League of the Romanian Students from Abroad at the Romanian Embassy in Beijing.