|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Denis Sassou, president of the Republic of Congo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Thursday that China and the Republic of Congo should strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields so as to push their relations to a higher level.
Wen made the appeal during a meeting with Congolese President Denis Sassou on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as the Rio+20 summit, which started here Wednesday afternoon.
"The two countries have always supported and helped each other since they established diplomatic relations 48 years ago," Wen said.
Noting that recent years have seen an remarkable expansion in the scale of bilateral cooperation, Wen said the Republic of Congo is now an important economic and trade partner of China in central Africa.
China, Wen said, values its traditional friendship with Congo and is ready to further promote all-round and multi-tier exchanges and cooperation.