Top Chinese leaders meet Peruvian President Garcia

2008-03-20 08:00:26 Xinhua English

BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held separate meetings here on Thursday with Peruvian President Alan Garcia, vowing to further bilateral cooperation.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), said that China and Peru, as reliable friends, enjoyed frequent high-level visits and increasing exchanges in politics, trade, culture, science, technology, tourism and other areas.

The two nations also supported each other in international and regional affairs.

The growth of bilateral relations was in accord with the interests of both sides, Wu said. He noted that China was ready to work with Peru to increase bilateral cooperation.

Wu said that exchanges between the NPC and the Peruvian parliament had helped strengthen mutual understanding and promoted the development of bilateral relations. The NPC valued relations with the Peruvian parliament and was ready to increase exchanges and cooperation.

Garcia told Wu that Peru would seek to deepen the bilateral traditional friendship and increase cooperation to advance bilateral relations.

As to the Olympic Games, Garcia said the Chinese government and people had made great efforts to prepare for this grand sports event. Peru firmly opposed to using the Games to create disruption or tarnish the image of China.

Garcia wished success for the Beijing Olympics.

Wen told Garcia that Peru was an important trading partner of China in Latin America. China appreciated Peru's recognition of China's full market economy status, Wen said, and he expressed the hope that the two nations would soon agree on a free trade zone.

China encouraged domestic companies to invest in Peru and welcomed Peruvian companies to develop the Chinese market, the premier said. He noted that the two sides should cooperate in such areas as infrastructure, energy, agriculture and forestry and fishery.

Garcia reiterated that Peru firmly supported China's just cause of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Peru resolutely opposed Taiwan's proposed "referendum on UN membership", Garcia said, and he noted that Peru was aware of what was behind the recent violence in Lhasa.

Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, also met with Garcia on Thursday.