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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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