BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo on Friday met respectively with Chilean Senate President Jovino Novoa and Russia's Presidential Representative to the Far Eastern Federal District Viktor Ishayev.
In a meeting with Novoa, Wu reviewed the four-decade bilateral ties since China and Chile established diplomatic ties in December 1970.
Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), meets with visiting president of the Senate of Chile Jovino Novoa Vazquez in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 5, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
As the first South American nation to forge diplomatic relations with China, Chile was also the first Latin American country to recognize China's market status and sign free trade agreement.
"China would like to work with Chile to maintain high-level contacts, expand trade cooperation and enrich people exchanges so as to advance our all-round partnership," Wu said.
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress(NPC), China's top legislature, pinned high hopes on bilateral legislative ties, calling for enhanced exchanges and cooperation by making use of the effective political dialogue mechanism.
Novoa, who was leading a parliamentary delegation for a week-long visit in China, said Chile would never change its course of developing good relations with China no matter what happened in Chile's political landscape.
Novoa said the National Congress of Chile would like to work with NPC to boost bilateral relations.
Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), meets with visiting Russia's presidential representative to the Far Eastern Federal District Victor Ivanovich Ishaev in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 5, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
In another meeting with Ishayev, Wu underlined the importance of China-Russia relation and called for deeper political trust and stronger strategic coordination.
Wu said cooperation between different areas of the two countries accounted for an important position in China-Russia relationship and enjoyed a solid foundation for cooperation.
Wu called on both countries to take effective measures to implement the cooperation programs the two sides had agreed and promote cross-border infrastructure and transportation cooperation.
Ishayev, who became Russia's Presidential Representative to the Far Eastern Federal District last year, said the Russian government paid much attention to the Far East area, which offered new opportunities for collaboration with China.
He proposed enhancing cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy exploration and forestry processing, among others, to push for comprehensive exchanges and cooperation between neighboring regions of the two countries and realization of win-win situation.
Ishayev, who arrived in Beijing Friday, will meet with heads of departments of energy, transportation and commerce during his stay till next Wednesday.