Pres­i­dent con­tin­ues one-on-one di­a­logues

Ed­i­tor’s note: Sun­day marked the third day of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s busy sched­ule of bi­lat­eral meet­ings with lead­ers at­tend­ing the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince. Fol­low­ing are high­lights of some of the two-way talks:

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Egypt

China wants to en­hance its co­op­er­a­tion with Egypt in ar­eas such as pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, fi­nance, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said.

The two coun­tries should strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs, he said, adding that both sides should push for­ward their bi­lat­eral con­nec­tion to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of their diplo­matic ties.

Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fatah al-Sisi said the China-Egypt friend­ship is deeply rooted in the minds of the peo­ple from both coun­tries.

Egypt wants to boost com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion with China in ar­eas such as in­dus­try, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, tech­nol­ogy, agri­cul­ture, wa­ter projects, fi­nance, lo­cal gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion and hu­man re­sources, he said.

Aus­tralia

Mu­tual trust is a pre­con­di­tion that en­sures the smooth devel­op­ment of China-Aus­tralia ties, and the two coun­tries should re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said.

China and Aus­tralia are ex­pected to fur­ther im­ple­ment their bi­lat­eral free trade agree­ment and to ex­plore co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as en­ergy and re­sources, agri­cul­ture and hus­bandry, food pro­cess­ing and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, Xi said.

It is hoped Aus­tralia will fur­ther pro­vide fair, trans­par­ent and un­der­stand­able poli­cies for for­eign in­vestors, which also serves the in­ter­ests of Aus­tralia it­self, Xi said.

The two coun­tries should work on ex­pand­ing joint re­search and devel­op­ment in fields such as food, agri­cul­ture, min­ing and ocean science, and they should re­in­force co­op­er­a­tion to fight cor­rup­tion and hunt for fugi­tives and il­le­gal as­sets, while boost­ing anti-ter­ror­ism ef­forts, Xi added.

Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said his coun­try is ded­i­cated to im­ple­ment­ing the bi­lat­eral free trade agree­ment, is ready to deepen the bi­lat­eral eco­nomic and trade re­la­tion­ship and will con­tinue wel­com­ing Chi­nese in­vest­ment in the coun­try.

The two coun­tries have a tra­di­tion of friend­ship, and their com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship has wide­spread sup­port within Aus­tralia, Turn­bull said.

Mex­ico

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said China and Mex­ico should draw a road map for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion for the next five years. The two coun­tries should make use of over­lap­ping points in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), along with its in­no­va­tion-driven devel­op­ment strat­egy, and Mex­ico’s struc­tural re­form to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as build­ing spe­cial eco­nomic zones, geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and nan­otech­nol­ogy.

De­vel­op­ing the China-Mex­ico com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship is a pioneering job, Xi said. The two coun­tries have made achieve­ments in sec­tors in­clud­ing trade, in­vest­ment, fi­nance and en­ergy, he said.

China ex­pects to join Mex­ico to con­sol­i­date mu­tual trust, deepen in­te­gra­tion of in­ter­ests and pro­mote peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes.

Xi said he ex­pects Mex­ico to fully ex­ert its re­gional in­flu­ence to pro­mote China’s re­la­tions with Latin Amer­ica.

Mex­ico’s Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto said China is a close friend and an im­por­tant trad­ing part­ner. He said his coun­try is com­mit­ted to push­ing for­ward co­op­er­a­tion in fields in­clud­ing in­vest­ment, fi­nance and tourism, and deep­en­ing co­or­di­na­tion with China on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

In­dia

China and In­dia should re­spect each other’s con­cerns and prop­erly han­dle dis­putes in a con­struc­tive way, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said.

He said the two neigh­bors — both large, de­vel­op­ing coun­tries — should stick to de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral ties, of­ten ex­change views on ma­jor is­sues of com­mon con­cern, and strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion to boost mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and trust.

China ex­pects to work with In­dia to main­tain the hard-won fa­vor­able sit­u­a­tion in their bi­lat­eral ties, he said.

Xi added that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment will en­cour­age en­ter­prises to in­vest in In­dia and sug­gested the two sides ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of some “big, con­crete projects” in fields such as in­fra­struc­ture and ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion.

In­dia’s Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said In­dia-China re­la­tions are of great im­por­tance to the two coun­tries, the re­gion and the world. The two coun­tries have sim­i­lar stances on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, he said.

Asian coun­tries should join hands to strive for re­gional sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity, Modi added.

XU JINGXING / CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (cen­ter) takes a group photo with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi (2nd left), Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer (left), Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin (2nd right) and South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma (right) ahead of the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang, on Sun­day.

En­rique Pena Ni­eto

Ab­del-Fatah al-Sisi

Mal­colm Turn­bull

Naren­dra Modi

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