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Interview: Hu's visit to Slovakia to aid cooperation, former ambassador

2009-06-17 17:42 BJT

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BRATISLAVA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to Slovakia will boost cooperation between the two countries, a former Slovak ambassador to China said Tuesday.

"The visit...will bring new ideas for cooperation and it will confirm that relations between our two countries are on a very high level," Peter Paulen told Xinhua.

"I am very glad that our two countries are keeping a very high-level political dialogue," he said.

Paulen, who was Slovak ambassador in Beijing from 1998 to 2004, said his country and China have maintained friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations 60 years ago.

Paulen said he was an eyewitness to the rapid development of the Chinese economy while living in Beijing.

"I also was very glad to see that relations between our two countries were developing very smoothly, mainly in the economic area," Paulen said. "Since that time, I was very glad that relations had never been frozen and on the contrary, we had new ideas and new areas for cooperation."