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Both bilateral and multilateral perspectives needed in developing Slovak-Chinese cooperation

Both bilateral and multilateral perspectives needed in developing Slovak-Chinese cooperation

7.7.2015 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

“The position of China as an investor in Slovakia has been overshadowed by other Asian countries, but this should be changed via classic bilateral cooperation along with the emergent cooperation of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries with China,” stated State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Igor Slobodník today (7 July) during a meeting with Pan Weifang, Ambassador of the People´s Republic of China to the Slovak Republic. An important opportunity to deepen mutual contacts with Chinese counterparts will take place during the planned visit of Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Robert Fico at the 4th summit of prime ministers of China and 16 CEE countries in Beijing this autumn.

The Ambassador noted that Slovakia is the fourth most important trading partner of China among the 16 CEE countries. The most prospective areas of the economic cooperation are the automotive industry, infrastructure, innovations, R&D, information systems and energy. The second expert workshop of China and 16 CEE countries on innovations, technological cooperation and international technology transfer hosted by Bratislava in September will provide an opportunity for assessing the development of bilateral economic growth and the knowledge-based economy.

They also broached cooperation at the international organizations, including the role of China as the UN Security Council permanent member in regional and global affairs.