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Tuesday, 8 June 2004

An official visit of the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China and his spouse to Poland

On 8 June 2004, the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, and his spouse arrived on an official three-day visit to Poland paid at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski. After an official welcome ceremony in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace, a private meeting was held between the President of the Republic of Poland and the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, following which the President of the Republic of Poland and the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China chaired plenary talks involving Polish and Chinese delegations. After the plenary talks, a signing ceremony was held. The following documents were signed: Joint Statement of the President of the Republic of Poland and the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Agreement on Economic Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the People’s Republic of China Agreement between the Minister of National Education and Sport of the Republic of Poland and the Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation in Education for 2004-2006 Protocol on Cultural Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China for 2004-2006 Agreement-Letter of Intent on Strategic Partnership in the Exploration and Exploitation of Ore and Cobalt Deposits in Congo and Zambia between KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and China Development Bank and China Non-ferrous Metals Framework Contract for Copper Supplies from Poland to China in 2005-2010 between KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. and China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Co. Ltd. Subsequently, the President of the Republic of Poland and the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China co-hosted a press conference, at which they issued statements. Addressing those present, the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski said, among other things: I wish to express my great joy and contentment with the fact that Mr. Hu Jintao, Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, who has arrived on an official visit to our country, is our guest here in Poland. A very warm welcome to Warsaw, Mr. Chairman. It is a great satisfaction for Poland to host the leader of a country occupying such a prominent position in global politics and in the global economy. China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, ranks among the world powers. One can hardly speak without admiration of China’s economic successes, of the large scale of transformations under way in this country, of the astounding momentum of its modernisation and development processes. China has been Poland’s traditional partner: this year, we will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Mr. Chairman’s visit to Poland is taking place seven years after my visit to China in November 1997. I am pleased that Mr. Chairman is one of the first heads of state to visit Poland immediately after our accession to the EU. I welcomed the expansion of our relations as an opening of a regular Polish-Chinese political dialogue at the highest level. I see this important visit, our fruitful talks and splendidly developing Poland-China cooperation prospects as evidence that China perceives Poland as its special partner in our region of Central and Eastern Europe. I am pleased that the delegation consists of such prominent figures, and I am glad that our talks were very specific indeed, and will, I believe, be very fruitful. I wish to emphasize the importance of the newly signed documents, and in particular of our joint statement and the agreements on economic cooperation, educational cooperation and cultural cooperation. These agreements bring in a lot of new contents and build good prospects for our collaboration. We will maintain dialogue between our countries’ most important political institutions. I have received an invitation from Mr. Chairman to visit China, and similar invitations have been extended to the prime minister, the speakers of both houses as well as ministers. I believe these meetings will be held very frequently. As regards economic matters, I welcome Mr. Chairman’s declaration on the measures taken by the Chinese side aimed at better balancing our mutual trade balance, and the Chinese side’s interest in Polish investments as well as in investments in third countries, as reflected for example in the newly signed agreement concerning copper. Investors have been invited by Mr. Chairman to an annual meeting and presentation of our countries’ economic opportunities; they have also been invited to invest within the framework of China’s preparations both for the 2008 Olympic Games and Expo 2010. We talked about cultural and educational cooperation. We are interested in further expanding this cooperation, which looks very good today, and we would like it to offer young people and students an even wider range of opportunities for studying in our respective countries. We talked about political issues and similarity of opinion was noted here. Poland invariably adheres to the position that there is one Chinese state, and supports the process of China’s peaceful reunification. We emphasized the need for Poland-China cooperation on important international issues, including UN reform, combating terrorism, the situation in the Korean Peninsula and the situation in Iraq. As a new EU member, we are interested in developing a strategic EU-China partnership, and we intend to join in very actively in building and expanding this partnership. While appreciating the successful development of Europe-China and Poland-China relations, we also note the existing differences of opinion concerning the approach to certain political, economic and social issues, to the system of values and the human rights. It is, however, our shared opinion that these differences should not affect the expansion of our bilateral relations, and we express our willingness to conduct constructive dialogue on these issues. May I say once again how glad I am about Mr. Chairman’s visit, a historic visit, for there has been no visit like this in the half century of our relations. Once again, I welcome our Chinese guests and I am convinced that this visit will bring good fruits and contribute not only to an expansion of relations between our two countries, but also that it will well serve global security, peace and good cooperation between the EU and the People’s Republic of China. Addressing those present, the Chairman of the People`s Republic of China, Hu Jintao said, among other things: This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Poland. I am very glad indeed to have come to Poland on a state visit at the invitation of President Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Poland is a country with rich natural and human resources: not only is Poland a country of exquisite landscapes, it has also brought forth a lot of eminent figures, including scientists and artists, such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Frederic Chopin and Maria Skłodowska-Curie. Poland has made a major contribution to progress and to the development of the civilisation of all humankind. Availing myself of this opportunity, I wish to offer my best wishes and greetings to the people of Poland on behalf of the government and the people of China. A moment ago I held fruitful talks with President Aleksander Kwaśniewski, we also had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations, international and regional issues of common interest, and reached a consensus on many levels. We jointly signed a statement of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Poland, and we unanimously agree to build relations of friendly cooperation between Poland and China, based on the principle of partnership. Both sides emphasize that they support the way of development chosen by the other side as well as its domestic and foreign policies. The two sides expressed identical views as regards the need to actively stimulate the expansion of economic and trade relations, and to facilitate direct cooperation between businesses from our countries and promote investments by such enterprises in the partner country. The two sides signed an economic cooperation agreement between the Chinese and Polish governments. A framework agreement on collaboration in copper extraction was also signed. At the same time, a contract for long-term electrolytic copper purchases was signed for 2005-2010. We unanimously agree to deepen cooperation in the fields of culture, education, science and technology. We will strengthen collaboration on regional and international issues. I am convinced that a continuous expansion of China-Poland cooperative partnership is certain to further benefit both nations, and that it will be conducive to world peace and development. Closing my speech, I would like to thank Mr. President and the members of the Polish delegation very much for the warm welcome on behalf of my colleagues.
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