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Premier Wen's milestone visit injects impetus to China-Iceland ties

2012-04-22 00:06:07 GMT2012-04-22 08:06:07(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits the Hellisheidi Power Station in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends a discussion with Icelandic geologists as well as students from China, Kenya and other countries, who are participating in a United Nations training program in geothermal energy, in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives for a discussion with Icelandic geologists as well as students from China, Kenya and other countries, who are participating in a United Nations training program in geothermal energy, in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

REYKJAVIK, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Though far apart, China and Iceland have pledged to cooperate more closely in the fields of geothermal energy, Arctic affairs and economy during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's milestone visit to the island nation.

Wen began the first official visit by a Chinese premier in 41 years to Iceland on Friday, just one day after Iceland's annual public holiday "the First Day of Summer", which marks the end of the long winter.

Amid the joyful atmosphere of the festival that Wen said he was "happy to share" with Icelanders, the two countries, though vastly different in national conditions, agreed to carry out more cooperation in the future.

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