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Riigikogu president meets Chinese president Xi Jinping

The speakers of the Nordic and Baltic parliaments during their trip to China in January 2018.
The speakers of the Nordic and Baltic parliaments during their trip to China in January 2018. Source: (Riigikogu)

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE), who will return from a visit to China together with his colleagues from the Nordic countries and the Baltic states, met with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on Wednesday.

“In recent years, the relations between Estonia and China have become much closer, and this meeting with the president of China is also a sign of it,” Nestor said after the meeting according to the Riigikogu's press service.

The possibilities and challenges of globalisation as well as the need to develop an open and sustainable global economic environment were discussed at the meeting. “Besides greater cooperation, today’s world also requires better understanding of the aims of different countries, because this is the only way you can be successful in the globalized world,” Nestor was quoted saying.

At the meeting of the speakers of the parliaments of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania with the President of China it was emphasised that the world needed rapid changes that take into account the principles of sustainable development and the environment. The key to in addressing climate change is comprehensive cooperation between different regions, the participants agreed.

China’s initiative of the New Silk Road and its positive impact on the development of the trade relations between Estonia's global region and China were also spoken about at the meeting.

All participants found that the format of the meeting was very good. “The Nordic and Baltic (NB8) format has justified itself in diplomatic relations, and the highest-level meetings held in China prove it. We are planning to meet in the same format in Iceland in July,” Nestor said. Similar visits were earlier made to Washington, Kiev and Tbilisi.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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