Chinese vice president pledges closer ties with Malta
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has pledged to further bilateral ties and inter-party exchanges between China and Malta, said a press release from the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Xi made the remarks while meeting with Joseph Muscat, leader of Malta Labor Party, in Beijing on Wednesday.
China and Malta have been treating each other in the spirit of mutual respect and equality since the establishment of diplomatic ties, and have set a model for friendly cooperation between two countries with different social systems, said Xi in the press release.
Xi also appreciated Malta's support for China on issues concerning China's core interests.
On inter-party relations, Xi, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, urged the two parties to enhance exchanges.
The CPC and Malta Labor Party signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation during Muscat's visit, which runs from April 5 to 12.
Muscat was grateful for China-aided projects in Malta, saying his country as a member of the European Union would work for the further development of bilateral relations as well as the China-EU relations.