April 9, 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling)
BEIJING, April 9, 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen agreed Sunday to establish a Sino-Austrian friendly strategic partnership and advance bilateral pragmatic cooperation.
Invited by Xi, Van der Bellen headed a large delegation on his state visit to China, including Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, four cabinet ministers, and members of the business community.
Xi said the visit revealed the great importance that Van der Bellen and the Austrian government attached to ties with China.
Van der Bellen is scheduled to lay a wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes in downtown Beijing on Monday. Xi said it showed the Austrian president's respect towards and friendship with the Chinese people.
Calling Austria an important cooperative partner of China in Europe, Xi said the Austrian new government has written into its working program the contents of enhancing relations with China as well as the Belt and Road Initiative. He expressed appreciation for that.