Minister Vella welcomes Chinese Parliamentary Delegation

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Apr 10, 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs George W. Vella held a meeting with the Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Baowen and his delegation.

The Minister and the Vice-Chairman underlined the longstanding and excellent bilateral relations between the two countries. These relations have grown from strength to strength over the years and, in this context, welcomed the 45th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Minister Vella spoke of Malta-China relations as a successful cooperative effort marked by the numerous agreements and protocols signed, specifically the Medium-Term Cooperation Plan of 2014 which will continue to bring further progress and cooperation between Malta and China in several sectors such as energy, finance, and tourism. Vice-Chairman Baowen said that China shares this sentiment and noted that both countries have enjoyed a traditional and prosperous friendship.

Reference was also made to the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, which will lead to substantive investment across Asia, Europe, and Africa, and which Malta is deeply privileged to be involved in. Vice-Chairman Baowen expressed gratitude for Malta’s interest in this initiative as well as for its founding member status in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Minister Vella affirmed that Malta will continue to be in favour of, and promote beneficial EU-China relations so as to improve economic, cultural and people-to-people ties especially during Malta’s current role at the helm of the EU Presidency.

Vice-Chairman Baowen thanked Minister Vella for the fruitful discussion and expressed hope for continued consensus, friendship and economic prosperity between the two peoples.

Also present at the meeting was the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malta Jiang Jiang.​