SOFIA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Visting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here Thursday that China values its friendship with Bulgaria and wishes to build bilateral ties.
Xi made the comments during a meeting with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
Noting that Bulgaria was the second country in the world to forge diplomatic ties with China, Xi spoke highly of China-Bulgaria relations over the past six decades.
Xi said reasons why the two countries could share a long-term friendship included maintaining mutual respect and mutual benefit, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, and bridging differences through consultation and dialogue.
He also said both leaders viewed the bilateral relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective and exchanges were promoted between parties, local provinces and peoples.
Regarding relations between China and the European Union, Xi said it benefited the both peoples and helped safeguard world peace and development.
"As long as the two sides take a strategic and long-term perspective and keep an objective and inclusive attitude, the relationship would reach new heights," he added.
Parvanov agreed with Xi and pledged to work with China to enhance cooperation and further the relations between the two sides.
He reaffirmed that Bulgaria would adhere to a one-China policy.
The president also confirmed his participation in the opening ceremony of the Bulgarian Hall during 2010 Shanghai Expo'.
On the same day, Xi met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov.
During their meeting, Xi said the two countries have seen expanded cooperation in recent years and enhanced coordination in regional affairs.
Xi expressed gratitude to Bulgaria for its adherence to a one-China policy and its support for China on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang.
He also thanked the Bulgarian side for its invitation last year to Chinese children from the earthquake-stricken Sichuan province for recuperation.
"China takes Bulgaria as a sincere and reliable partner, and this stance will never change whatever the international situation," Xi said.
He encouraged the enterprises of the two countries to increase contacts and investment, and explore new channels and areas for further cooperation.
Hailing the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, Borisov said Bulgaria and China shared traditional friendship, and no matter which party in Bulgaria took power, the country would not change its friendly policy on China.
It was a good time for cooperation with China and Chinese entrepreneurs should be encouraged to invest in Bulgaria, he said.
The Chinese vice president arrived here on Wednesday for the third leg of his five-nation European tour. He has visited Belgium and Germany, and will also visit Hungary and Romania.