Thursday, September 18, 2008

Norway's top lawmaker meets senior Chinese military officer on bilateral ties

President of the Norwegian Parliament Thorbjoern Jagland met with Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army of China in Oslo to discuss bilateral ties and issues of common concern on Thursday.

Jagland said that bilateral ties made great progress in recent years, with their cooperation in political, economic, cultural and other fields going on smoothly, and people-to-people contact increasingly closing.

Norway is following closely China's development and giving high priority to enhancing its ties with China and will continue to expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields with China, Jagland said.

On the Taiwan issue, the top Norwegian lawmaker said his country adheres to the one-China policy.

Jagland also congratulated China on the success of Beijing Olympic Games.

On his part, Chen conveyed to Jagland Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo's cordial greetings and good wishes.

He said the two countries have no conflicts in their fundamental interests. The development of their bilateral ties has transcended differences in their social systems and ideologies and brought real benefits to the two peoples.

China attaches great importance to developing ties with Norway and is willing to work together with Norway to push forward the friendly cooperation between the two countries as well as their armed forces, he added.

Chen is also a member of the Central Military Commission ,the leading organ of China's armed forces. He arrived in Oslo on Monday night for an official visit to Norway.

Source: Xinhua

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