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Joint Communiqué of the People's of China and the Republic of Moldova, February 24, 2003
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1. At the invitation of President Jiang Zemin, President Vladimir Voronin of the Republic of Moldova paid an official visit to the People's Republic of China from February 23 to 27, 2003. The two leaders exchanged views on the status quos, prospects of development in bilateral relations and international issues of common interest in a thorough manner, and reached a general consensus.
During the visit, the two parties signed Joint Communiqué of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Moldova. The Protocol on Cooperation of Bettering Technical Ability of Health Professional Personnel between the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova. The Understanding Memorandum on Cooperation in Traditional Medicines between State Chinese Medicine Administration and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova as well as the Understanding Memorandum on Cooperation in the Spark Technological Field between the Ministry of Science and Technology of P.R.C and the Ministry of Agriculture and Foods of Moldova.
2. The two sides stressed that although great changes had taken place in the international situation and domestic situations in both countries in recent years, both sides had been adhering to the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs as well as other universally recognized norms and principles of international law, showing full respect to each other's own choice of social system and development path, and rendering mutual support and close cooperation, which had thus maintained the steady development in China-Moldavia relations and further strengthened mutual political trust. Both sides expressed their satisfaction over these principles.
3. The two sides reaffirmed that the two sides should continue to abide by the principles stated in the Joint Statement between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Moldova signed by President Jiang Zemin and President Vladimir Voronin on July 20th, 2001 as well as the principles stated in other documents signed by the tow countries, that the two sides should maintain high-level contacts, support bilateral exchanges between governments, Parliaments, Parties, local and non-governmental organizations, and that they, by making full use of potentials of both sides, should deepen contacts and cooperation in such areas as politics, economy, science and technology, culture, education, military affairs and tourism in an effort to move the bilateral relations to a new level.
4. The two sides maintained that the economic cooperation and trade were an important component of the relations between the two countries. The promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation was not only in the fundamental interests of both sides, but also conducive to their own economic and social development. In order to further economic relations and trade, the two sides, with the backdrop of market economies and within the WTO framework, were ready to bring into full play the macro guidance of governmental departments in charge of economic issues; to make effective use of mechanism of mixed commissions to enhance consultation and communication and to create conditions and provide facilities for enterprises to promote cooperation. The two sides should carry out cooperation and exchange experience as far as the establishment of special economic zones is concerned.
5. China appreciated Moldova's achievements in economic recovery and social progress, and supported Moldova in its participation in European integration and a bigger role it had played in regional and international affairs. China understood and supported Moldova's efforts in the maintenance of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the final settlement of the conflicts on the left side of the Dniester River. China supported actions taken by Moldova to resolutely crack down on separatism and held that this was an important contribution to safeguarding peace and stability in the region as a whole.
6. Moldova appreciated China's achievements in all areas since it pursued the policy of reform and opening up to the outside world, and spoke highly of China's great role and important contribution in promoting peace, cooperation and development of Asia and the world as well. Moldova reiterated that there is only one China in the world and the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. The Moldovian side would continue to adhere to the One China policy and would never establish any official links with Taiwan, nor any official exchanges of visits. It would not support Taiwan to join any international organizations requiring sovereign status.
7. The two sides maintained that the world today was undergoing complex and profound changes, and gradually showing the tendency of multilateralism. Both sides held that world diversity should be maintained, and democratization of international relations and freedom in choosing development mode should be upheld. All countries, big or small, strong or weak, pool or rich, are equal members of international society and have the equal right to take part in world affairs. All countries should seek negotiation and dialogue, close cooperation, peaceful coexistence and common development on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
8. The two sides exchanged views on the current international situation and regional hot issues. Both sides held that the United Nations is the most common international inter-governmental organization in the world today which has made positive contribution to safeguarding world peace and stability, and to promoting cooperation and development of all countries. Both sides expressed their satisfaction with fruitful cooperation within the UN framework. Both sides underlined that the United Nations and Security Council were playing an important and leading role in areas of preventing and tackling terrorist activities, strengthening international cooperation in a planned and gradual manner, and endeavoring to liquidate the roots of producing terrorism.
President of the People's Republic of China
President of the Republic of Moldova
Beijing, February 24th, 2003
Original source: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjdt/2649/t67861.htm
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