China, Lithuania agree to build stronger ties
Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), paid an official goodwill visit to Lithuania on April 14-16.
"The history of China-Lithuania ties shows that it could achieve stable and healthy growth as long as the two countries respect each other, treat one another equally, understand and support each other on issues regarding respective core interests and major concerns," Zhang told Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
Zhang said China-Lithuania relations have entered a mature and stable new stage.
China has always advocated that all countries, no matter big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community, Zhang said.
He vowed joint efforts with Lithuania to cement understanding and trust, and boost bilateral ties up to a new high.
China's stable economic growth will offer more development opportunities for various countries including Lithuania, Zhang said.
Grybauskaite, for her part, said Lithuania highly values its relations with China, sticks to the one-China policy and respects China's core interests.
She pledged to strengthen high-level exchanges and practical cooperation with China.
In his meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Zhang hailed the sound momentum of bilateral cooperation in all areas.
"The two-way trade volume saw an increase last year regardless of the sluggish world economy, which reflected the potential of bilateral trade cooperation," Zhang said.
The cooperation between both sides in such areas as transport logistics and infrastructure has witnessed remarkable progress under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the cooperation mechanism between China and 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, Zhang said. ■