The State Secretary for Global Affairs, Daniela Gîtman, had, on September 23, 2016 at the MFA's headquarters, a round of bilateral consultations with Liu Haixing, Assistant Minister within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.
The Romanian official expressed satisfaction with the upward trend of the Romanian-Chinese bilateral relations on level political contacts, of the trade and economic cooperation and interpersonal exchanges, reflecting the 67 years tradition of a comprehensive bilateral cooperation. He reaffirmed the constant importance Romania gives to the follow up of the bilateral dialogue and expanding cooperation in all areas, based on the Comprehensive Partnership of Friendship and Cooperation between the People's Republic of China and Romania, the EU-China Strategic Partnership and the China-Central and Eastern Europe cooperation.
The discussions highlighted both parties' special interest in the development of economic cooperation between the two countries. There were reviewed the developments related to the most important bilateral projects in the field, particular importance being given to the energy sector. Against this background, Daniela Gîtman referred to the meeting of the Prime Ministers, Dacian Cioloş and Li Keqiang, from July 2016, on the margins of the ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, which gave the occasion to reaffirm the both sides' desire to materialize the investment projects in Romania and to increase the volume of trade.
The Romanian State Secretary highlighted Romania's interest in continuing and deepening cooperation in the China-Central and Eastern Europe (16 + 1) format, expressing hope that the Summit of the heads of government of the countries joining this format, to be held in Riga, in November 2016 will give new impetus to promoting the cooperation projects agreed in the 16 + 1 cooperation.
The Chinese official stressed the importance Romania has as a solid and reliable partner of China in the Central and Eastern Europe region and in the European Union. The Chinese Assistant Minister pointed out the relevance of strengthening the bilateral political dialogue to stimulate multisectoral collaboration between the two countries. In this context, he recalled the meeting between the President of Romania, Mr Klaus Johannis, and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, held on September 26, 2015, on the occasion of the attendance to the UN General Assembly works, meeting that represented a major topical benchmark of the Romanian-Chinese bilateral relations. The official from Beijing revealed the significant potential for cooperation under the 'New Silk Road' initiative, promoted by the Chinese authorities.
At the end of the dialogue round, the Romanian official offered his congratulations on the occasion of the approaching anniversary on October 1, of the National Day of the People's Republic of China.