On the afternoon of April 25, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Warsaw by special plane for an official visit to Poland.
In a written speech delivered upon his arrival at the airport, Wen said Poland is an important country in Europe and the European Union. The people of the two countries had enjoyed a traditional friendship and bilateral cooperation in various areas had advanced smoothly in past years. Noting the establishment of the strategic partnership between the two countries last year, Wen said there were fresh and important opportunities to promote their ties. "The Chinese government has attached great importance to its relations with Poland and has seen it as an important cooperation partner in the European Union and even the whole of Europe," Wen said. China, Wen said, was ready to work with Poland to further promote the long-term and stable development of their relationship on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
Wen said he was looking forward to meeting and exchanging in-depth views with Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Ewa Kopacz, Senate Speaker Bogdan Borusewicz and Prime Minister Donald Tusk on bilateral ties, the China-Europe relationship and international issues of common concern. Wen said he will also attend a meeting of leaders of China and Central and Eastern European countries and the China-Central and Eastern Europe Business Forum, discussing with participating leaders how to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries in the complex and volatile international situation. He believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, this visit will surely promote China-Poland strategic partnership and pragmatic cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries to a new level.
Senior officials from the Polish government and Chinese Ambassador to Poland Sun Yuxi greeted Wen at the airport.
Wen arrived here after concluding his official visit to Sweden. Upon leaving Sweden, Wen was seen off at the airport by senior officials from the Swedish government and Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Lan Lijun.