LUXEMBOURG, May 23 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Wu Bangguo held talks here on Tuesday with Laurent Mosar, president of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China-Luxembourg diplomatic ties, and with concerted efforts by the two sides, the relations between China and Luxembourg have been moving ahead smoothly since then, said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC),
Frequent exchanges of visits by the leaders of the two countries and their exchanges of views on bilateral ties and the issues of common concern have enhanced mutual understanding and trust, he said.
China highly appreciates Luxembourg's firm adherence to the one-China principle and its active push for the European Union (EU) to lift an arms sales ban on China to boost Sino-EU ties, Wu said.
The Chinese top legislator also said that the two sides, relying on their own respective advantages, have conducted fruitful cooperation in such fields as metallurgy, finance and air transport as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges, which not only benefit both countries and their peoples, but also serve as a good example for the development of the China-EU ties.
Wu stressed that the development of the China-Luxembourg ties has proved once again that countries, big or small, definitely can become good friends and good partners as long as they follow the principles of mutual respect, equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation; respect each other's core interests and major concerns with a long-term perspective; and adhere to the spirit of solving their differences through dialogue.
He said China is willing to work together with Luxembourg to keep high-level contacts, enhance mutual political trust, and expand bilateral trade and investment as well as mutually beneficial cooperation to constantly push ahead the bilateral ties.
Wu also emphasized the importance of Luxembourg parliament members' active participation in and support for the development of the Sino-Luxembourg ties.
He expressed the hope that the legislative bodies of both countries would expand their friendly exchanges, conduct candid and in-depth dialogues on the issues of common concern, share experiences, and strive to lift the inter-parliamentary ties to a new level.
Mosar said that the Luxembourg parliament and himself are enthusiastic supporters of and advocates for the friendly cooperation between Luxembourg and China.
Mosar said that he had attended the opening ceremony of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and was deeply impressed with China's enormous achievements in social and economic development, adding he has since had a deeper understanding of the prospects for Luxembourg-China cooperation.
Luxembourg's parliament hoped to further strengthen its exchanges with the NPC and advance pragmatic cooperation in the fields of education and air transport, so as to make contribution to the development of the Luxembourg-China relations, Mosar said.
Wu left Luxembourg for Madrid Wednesday afternoon to continue his four-nation Europe tour, which had taken him to the Netherlands and Croatia.