Honorable President Niinistö, friends from the press, good afternoon. It is a great pleasure for me to meet the press together with President Niinistö.
This year marks the 100 anniversary of the independence of Finland, I wish to begin by sending warm congratulations to the Finnish people on behalf of the Chinese government and people. Our congratulations on your outstanding achievement in national development of the past one hundred years and we wish Finland even greater progress in the next one hundred years.
Just now president Niinistö and I had indepth exchanges of views and reached extensive agreements on China-Finland relations and other issues of common interest. We agreed to issue a joint statement, reaffirming the establishment of a future oriented new type of cooperative partnership between China and Finnland. We witnessed the signing of cooperation documents in such areas such as innovation, enterprises, cooperative Panda research and judicial affairs.
During my visit, the two sides also signed cooperation agreements on trade and investment, education, science and technology, and inspection and quarantine.
President Niinistö and I commend the great progress in China-Finland relations of the past 67 years since the establishment of our diplomatic relationship. We agreed to work together to make China Finland ties more forward looking strategic and responsive to the changes of times.
The two sides will strengthen high level exchanges to consolidate the political foundation of bilateral ties. On the basis of mutual respect and equality, the two sides will accommodate each other’s concerns and work for the steady and sound growth of China-Finland relations. China appreciates Finland’s firm commitment to the one China policy.
The two sides will step up efforts to synersize economic development strategies and expand cooperation in such areas such as innovation driven development, green development, and coordinated development. The two sides are ready to explore cooperation under the framework of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and jointly promote connectivity of the Euro-Asian continent. The two sides will also seize the opportunity of Finland’s rotating Chairmanship of the Arctic Council to enhance cooperation in Arctic affairs and promote environmental protection and sustainable development of the Arctic.
The two sides will enrich people to people and cultural exchanges and increase the mutual understanding and bonds of our two peoples, especially the young people. The two sides will strengthen tourism cooperation and encourage more citizens to go sightseeting in each other’s country. China will seize the opportunity of hosting the 2022 winter Olympics to conduct cooperation with Finland in winter sports, and winter Olympics preparation. The two sides agreed to designate the year 2019 as the year of China Finland Winter Sports. The two sides also agreed to carry out the cooperative Panda research and make the pandas messenger and friendship between our two countries.
The two sides will enhance communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, advance multilateral agenda, promote world peace and stability and made the global govenence system more fair and equitable. China and Finland will enhance cooperation within the framework of China EU relations.
As a Finnish proverb puts it, there will be no path if people don’t place the trail first, we in China also believe that all successes hinges on human effort. As long as we continue to take innovative and pioneering steps, we will open up even brighter prospects for the future oriented new type of cooperative partnership between China and Finland.
And lastly, I wish to thank President Niinistö, the first lady, once again for your warm reception and thoughtful arrangement to me, my wife and my delegation and I wish to thank the Finnish government for your profound friendship to the Chinese government. Thank you!