On June 13 in the framework of official visit to the People's Republic of China the Foreign Minister of Latvia Mr. Indulis Berzins met the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Mr. Tang Jiaxuan.
During the meeting both ministers in a very detailed way discussed the bilateral relations between Latvia and China, including the opportunities of intensifying military co-operation and the necessity to improve the mutual legal basis. The Chinese side emphasised the importance of signing economic agreements such as agreement on co-operation in the field of sea transport and agreement on protection and promotion of investments.
The Foreign Minister of China expressed his support to Latvia's aspirations to integrate into the European structures. Both ministers noted the significance of the exchange of high level visits, positively evaluating the scheduled visits of the representatives from the Parliament and Defence Ministry of China to Latvia. Mr. Berzins invited his Chinese colleague to visit Latvia.
In his speech in the Foreign Affairs Association of China Mr. Berzins informed the Chinese side on the current priorities of Latvia's foreign policy. During the discussions that followed the speech Mr. Berzins answered to the questions of the representatives from Chinese academic circles on the foreign policy priorities as regards the integration into the EU and NATO.
During the meeting with Mr. Zhang Xiangu, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation of China the opportunities to intensify the Chinese-Latvian economic relations were discussed. Mr. Berzins characterised the comparative benefits of Latvian economy and its investment climate. Ministers paid special attention to the opportunities of China to invest in Latvia's ports. The Latvian business representatives also took part in the talks and informed the Chinese side on concrete opportunities of co-operation.
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