An extensive exchange of opinions on the Romanian-Chinese relations, with emphasis on capitalising on the opportunities for co-operation between Romania and China, took place on Friday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace where Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Guo Shengkun, special envoy of China’s President Xi Jinping.
In a press statement released by the Romanian Presidential Administration, Iohannis is quoted as underscoring that in 2019 the two countries will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic ties, as Romania was the third world state to recognise the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and 15 years since the signing of a Joint Declaration on Establishing a Comprehensive Partnership for Friendship and Cooperation. He pointed out that this approach could be supported by the opportunities offered by a series of multilateral co-operation platforms, mentioning to the point European Union’s Strategic Cooperation Agenda 2020 and the EU-China Connectivity Platform, as well as the New Belt and Road Initiative along with the China – Central and Eastern European (16 + 1) co-operation format.
Iohannis said that the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019, will also be a good opportunity to the consolidation of mutually beneficial relations between the EU and China.
The Chinese official extended to President Iohannis the Chinese counterpart’s greetings and commendation for the traditional friendship with Romania, as well as China’s desire to further develop it so that it becomes even better to the benefit of the two nations. Guo mentioned bilateral co-operation projects in various fields, especially in the economic field, such as infrastructure, energy and tourism projects, and welcomed the opportunity to strengthen EU-China relations, including under the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The two senior officials also discussed bilateral high-level and sectoral dialogue, and the importance of international co-operation in combating cross-border crime, terrorism and drug trafficking, illegal migration, as well as other unconventional threats and risks.