|Wu Bangguo (R, front), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Abdul Hamid, speaker of the Bangladesh National Assembly, in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Sept. 25, 2012. Hamid is here to attend the 13th Western China International Fair. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
CHENGDU, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Wu Bangguo on Tuesday met with foreign guests attending the 13th Western China International Fair (WCIF) on exchanges and cooperation.
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, called on Bangladesh and Macedonia to enhance cooperation with China on the development of western China.
While meeting with Abdul Hamid, speaker of the Bangladesh National Assembly, Wu said that China attaches importance to developing relations with Bangladesh and is willing to strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields.
Western China has changed dramatically and become one of the country's most economically active areas since the country carried out the western development strategy, Wu said, calling on the Bangladeshi side to develop the western China market with a more active attitude so as to promote bilateral development.
The Bangladeshi side is ready to work with China in the fields of economy, trade, investment, aviation and infrastructure, among others, Hamid said, noting that China's achievements have created a broader space for mutually beneficial cooperation.
While meeting with Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Peshevski, Wu said that good political relations provide a strong guarantee for the promotion of bilateral economic and trade cooperation.
China recently announced some new measures to improve its cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe, Wu said, calling on the Macedonian side to seize opportunities to strengthen cooperation with China in infrastructure, energy, resources, high-technology and other fields.
Macedonia adheres to the one-China policy and is willing to be China's most reliable partner in Central and Eastern Europe, Peshevski said, noting that the Macedonian government welcomes more Chinese companies to invest in the country.
Wu also met with Dmitry Mezentsev, chairman of the entrepreneur committee of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as well as the secretary-general-in-waiting of the SCO.
China is ready to work with other member states to enhance cooperation under the SCO framework so as to maintain regional peace and stability as well as promote common development and prosperity of the member states, according to Wu.
The SCO has become an important organization in safeguarding regional security and promoting common development, and China has made great contributions to the SCO's development, Mezentsev said, calling on member states to make joint efforts to promote the organization's development.
The guests were invited to attend the 13th WCIF, which opened on Tuesday in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.