On November 5, during the first China International Import Expo, Minister Han Changfu met with Ministers of Agriculture from Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Portugal respectively and they exchanged views on deepening multilateral and bilateral agricultural cooperation.
Minister Han pointed out that the Expo demonstrates China’s resolution for opening up wider to the world. The Chinese side will steadfastly uphold the basic state policy of opening up, deepening pragmatic cooperation in agriculture with other countries and promoting the steady development of agricultural trade and investment in order to seek mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation.
During the meetings with Mr. Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Mr. István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture of Hungary, and Mr. Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland, Minister Han spoke highly of contribution made by the three countries in promoting the development of 16+1 agricultural cooperation and invited them to send delegations attending the 4th Meeting of China-CEEC Ministers of Agriculture to be held in China next year. Minister Han also fully recognized the achievements made by the China-Hungary Agricultural Science and Technology Cooperation Center and the China-Poland Agricultural Science and Technology Promotion Center and expressed the willingness to deepen cooperation with the three countries in areas of rural development, agricultural economy, trade, investment, science and technology. During the meeting with Mr. Luís Capoulas Santos, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Portugal, Minister Han proposed to improve relevant mechanisms of agricultural cooperation between the two countries and enhance cooperation in areas such as agricultural trade and fisheries.
The four ministers extended warm congratulations on the successful opening of the First China International Import Expo and talked about development opportunities in European countries brought by the Belt and Road initiative and the China-Europe Railway Express from different perspectives. They also expressed their willingness to work with China in pursuit of improving pragmatic cooperation in areas of agricultural trade, investment, science and technology.