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Wu Bangguo Meets with Parliament Leaders from the ROK and Other Countries

On January 28 and 29, 2013, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China, met respectively with Kang Chang-hee, speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Abu Zahar, president of Malaysia's Senate, and Pany Yathotu, president of the Lao National Assembly, on the sidelines of the 21st annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

During the meeting with Kang Chang-hee, Wu said China and the ROK have just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and successfully held the "China-ROK Friendly Exchange Year". Cooperation between China and the ROK in various fields has achieved significant development since the two sides established diplomatic relations in 1992, Wu told Kang Chang-hee. China and the ROK are close neighbors as well as important countries in the region. China's new leadership attaches great importance to China-ROK relations and is willing to uphold the spirit of unity and cooperation, strengthen strategic mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, step up communication and coordination with the ROK on international and regional issues, said Wu. China will strive to further advance bilateral ties and make joint efforts with the ROK to safeguard peace and stability in Northeast Asia, Wu said. The NPC and the ROK's National Assembly have a sound basis for cooperation. He expressed the hope that both sides would maintain friendly exchanges between their leaders, special committees and friendship groups and give play to the role of regular exchange mechanisms to further advance the comprehensive development of China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership.

Kang said the ROK attaches great importance to relations with China. He spoke highly of China's constructive role in international and regional affairs and noted that the National Assembly of the ROK was satisfied with its friendly exchanges with the NPC. The National Assembly of the ROK is willing to strengthen dialogue and exchanges through regular exchange mechanisms, friendship groups and other channels, enhance mutual understanding and trust, deepen the friendship between the peoples of the two countries, and consolidate the social foundation for the development of ties between the two countries, Kang said.

During his meeting with Abu Zahar, Wu spoke highly of China's relations with Malaysia. Wu also noted the 18th CPC National Congress solemnly declared to the world that China will continue to hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, always adhere to the foreign policy of "treating its neighbors well and as partners", consolidate good-neighborly friendship, create a peaceful and stable surrounding environment of mutually beneficial cooperation so that neighboring countries will better benefit from China's development. Wu pointed out that the relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) play an important role in maintaining stability and promoting development in Asia. China will continue to support the integration process of ASEAN, and back its unity and development, Wu said. Meanwhile, China, together with Malaysia and other ASEAN members, will push forward the China-ASEAN strategic partnership and make greater contributions to regional peace, stability and prosperity, he said.

Abu Zahar said relations between Malaysia and China are very good as their peoples enjoy traditional friendship and both sides adhere to the philosophy of peaceful development and believe that only peace can bring development. Abu Zahar held that, with joint efforts, the Malaysia-China strategic cooperative ties will surely advance further. China, as an economic power of the world, has great influence in Asia. He hoped that China will continue to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with ASEAN and facilitate common development.

During his meeting with Pany Yathotu, Wu said China and Laos are good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners. With the joint efforts of both sides, Sino-Lao relations have developed smoothly and achieved fruitful results. The two countries have the same political system, similar ideals and beliefs, closely linked future and destiny and both sides are in a critical stage of reform and development. He expressed the hope that both sides would stick to the spirit of long-term stability, good-neighborly friendship, mutual trust and all-around cooperation to consolidate friendship, deepen cooperation and further promote the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries and to benefit the two peoples.

Pany said that as a close friend of Chinese people, the Lao people are delighted to see China's great achievements and increasing international influence after China's opening up and reform, which have not only brought new opportunities for Laos' growth but also boosted Laos' domestic economic and social development. The Lao party, National Assembly and government attach great importance to relations with China. Laos is willing to make concerted efforts with China to better Laos-China ties and jointly maintain the peaceful and stable situation in the region.

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