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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic

On November 26, 2015, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping welcomed Bohuslav Sobotka’s official visit to China and attendance at the 4th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC). Xi Jinping pointed out that China and the Czech Republic enjoy traditional friendship, and bilateral relations have entered into a new stage with the fastest development speed and the most fruitful results in history. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Czech side to, based on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit and equality, enhance high-level exchanges and dialogues at various levels, consolidate bilateral political mutual trust and firmly keep to the general direction of bilateral relations.

Xi Jinping emphasized that China and the Czech Republic have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on jointly advancing the construction of the “Belt and Road”. We should take this opportunity to tap our potential and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields. China is willing to, together with the Czech Republic, enhance the docking of development strategies as well as expand exchanges and cooperation in manufacturing, nuclear power, finance, aviation, nanotechnology, biology and other fields. The Czech Republic is one of the important countries along the “Belt and Road”. China would like to explore the feasibility of cooperating with the Czech Republic in transportation infrastructure construction such as high-speed rails, roads and bridges so as to realize all-round connectivity. Both sides should expand cooperation in culture, tourism, sports, health care, scientific research, education and other fields to inject more impetus into people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Chinese side appreciates and welcomes the Czech side’s active participation in the “16+1 cooperation” mechanism and expects the Czech side to make greater contributions to the in-depth development of the four major partnerships between China and the European Union (EU).

Bohuslav Sobotka expressed that over the past 60-plus years since the establishment of the diplomatic relations, Czech-China relations have developed very rapidly and now enjoy a sound development momentum. The MOU on the “Belt and Road” recently signed by the two sides has brought more opportunities to further deepen bilateral relations. The Czech Republic is willing to enhance exchanges and cooperation with China in economy and trade, industry, environmental protection, finance, aviation, logistics, science and technology, public health, sports and other fields.

Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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