Finnish PM, parliament speaker meet senior Chinese lawmaker

       HELSINKI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Finish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Parliament Speaker Eero Heinaluoma met with visiting Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Sang Guowei on Wednesday.

       Katainen said the current Finland-China relationship is good and bilateral trade cooperation is quite pragmatic. As an emerging power, China's global influence is growing.

       The Finnish government attaches great importance to its relations with China and would like to further all-round cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win result, said the prime minister.

       Sang said both sides have seen a sustained and steady development of the relationship between China and Finland since their diplomatic ties were forged 61 years ago.

       In recent years, the two nations have enjoyed a robust growth in bilateral relations. Political mutual trust has deepened and trade ties have expanded, he said.

       The vice chairman added that China would like to work with Finland to further boost bilateral cooperation.

       In a separate meeting, Speaker Heinaluoma said Finland was one of the first Western nations to recognize the People's Republic of China and the two countries have for long maintained a sound relationship.

      Currently, the two countries have close cooperation in all fields, especially in parliamentary exchanges, said Heinaluoma, adding that he believed Sang's visit would further boost inter-parliamentary cooperation and bilateral ties.

     Sang said the two sides have seen fruitful cooperation in such areas as economy, environmental protection, technology, education and justice while maintaining good communication over international affairs.

     He also said the two legislative bodies have stayed in close contact with each other, which contributes to promoting China-Finland relationship and the friendship of the two peoples, adding that the NPC is willing to further step up its exchanges and cooperation with the Finnish parliament.


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