Xi Jinping and Austrian President Van der Belen Exchanged Congratulatory Messages on 50th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China, Austria
2021-05-29 08:35

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that he stands ready to work with his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Van der Bellen, to strengthen cooperation on the joint construction of the Belt and Road.


In his message exchanged with the Austrian president to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of bilateral diplomatic ties, Xi said he attaches great importance to China-Austria relations, and stands ready to constantly promote the China-Austria friendly strategic partnership to new levels, so as to bring benefits to the two countries and peoples. Xi pointed out that since the founding of bilateral diplomatic ties 50 years ago, China and Austria have adhered to principles of mutual respect, mutual trust, and win-win, driving forward the development of ties consistently. Since the two countries confirmed the establishment of a friendly strategic partnership in 2018, the bilateral relations have witnessed new development opportunities, Xi said, adding that the two countries have been deepening political mutual trust and constantly exploring practical cooperation in various fields. During the joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides have helped each other, deepening the friendship between the two peoples, Xi said.


In his message, Van der Bellen said the establishment of a friendly strategic partnership between Austria and China is a milestone in the development of bilateral relations. The two countries have supported each other in the anti-pandemic fight, which has not only highlighted the high level of bilateral relations, but also demonstrated again the importance of joining hands to address global challenges, he said. Noting that China is an important partner of Austria, and that the two countries share great potential for exchanges and cooperation in various fields, Van der Bellen said he wishes the two countries prosperity and their people happiness and health.