BELGRADE, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian Prime Minister
Janez Jansa has said the cooperation between his country and China has been
developing well and further expanding all-round bilateral cooperation is in the
interests of both sides.
Jansa, who is scheduled to visit China from Nov. 8 to
11, told Xinhua in a recent written response that his visit is "an excellent
opportunity not only to positively assess the past cooperation but also to set
goals for further strengthening of bilateral ties."
He said a delegation of 50 successful companies and
institutions from Slovenia will accompany his tour to Beijing in a bid to
enhance economic ties.
The year 2007 marks the 15th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between Slovenia and China.
"We are pleased to have maintained high-level
contacts and regular consultations ever since 1992. The two Parliaments have
also been maintaining constructive and regular dialogue," Jansa said.
China is Slovenia's most important trading partner in
Asia and the trade volume in goods and services exceeds 300 million euros (some
405 million U.S. dollars) annually and is still growing, he noted.
Slovenia and China have established good and growing
cooperation in the fields of culture, science, technology, education and
A number of bilateral agreements are expected to be
signed during Jansa's official visit in order to boost links in the fields of
culture, education, defense, investment, academic cooperation and
"We are opening the Slovenian Economic Representative
Office in Shanghai which we expect to be instrumental in helping Slovenian
companies further strengthen their presence in the Chinese market," said Jansa.
Starting on Jan. 1 next year, Slovenia is to take
over the six-month EU presidency.
"The growing global political and economic role of
China increases the need for a regular and enhanced strategic EU-China
dialogue," said Jansa.
"It is very positive that the EU and China spare no
effort to come closer to the conclusion of the Partnership and Cooperation
Agreement that would comprehensively regulate the relations between the two."
Jansa believed the EU and China have every
opportunity to further extend their cooperation in the areas of innovation,
training and the use of the creative potential of human resources. The EU is
also interested in the transfer of high technology, which would help ensure
China's sustainable development.
The EU is the biggest buyer of Chinese products, and
that China is the second trading partner of the EU. Last year, mutual trade
volume reached a record of 254 billion euros, an increase of more than 20
Jansa also reiterated that Slovenia has always
respected the one-China policy, adding that other EU member states have a
similar position on the issue.