|Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Quan Meets with Delegation of German Parliament Members|
On the afternoon of July 24, 2007, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Quan met in the office building of the Foreign Ministry with a delegation of German parliament members headed by Alexander Bonde, "rapporteur-general" for development and cooperation of the Budget & Appropriations Committee of the German Parliament.
Kong made positive comments on pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas when reviewing the sound development of China-Germany ties since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 35 years ago, expressing thanks for Germany's long-standing development aid to China. Kong said he welcomed more German parliament members to visit China so as to gain a comprehensive and objective understanding of the country and contribute to the sound development of bilateral ties. Bonde hailed China's raid economic and social development, saying that Germany attaches great importance to China's increasingly important role in international affairs, and is ready to strengthen all-round cooperation with China, especially in the field of development.
Kong also introduced upon request China's foreign policy, as well as its principled positions on the nuclear issues of the Korean Peninsula and Iran, the Sudanese region of Darfur and cooperation with Africa.
The delegation of the Budget & Appropriations Committee of the German Parliament is visiting China from July 23 to 29 at the invitation of the Budget Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC). Besides Beijing, it will also visit Chengdu.