Chinese and Finnish Presidents praised relations between the countries – “May pandas become messengers”

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö praised the good relations between the countries as they met in Finland on Wednesday. Mr Niinistö said that in international politics, China cooperates with the EU in guaranteeing free trade in the world, for example. During their meeting, the two presidents signed collaboration agreements on e.g. panda protection and co-operation in the justice sector and discussed topical issues related to international affairs, such as the difficult situation between the Koreas, as well as the EU and Russia. Mr Niinistö also diplomatically reminded Mr Xi about China’s history of violating human rights by stating that Finland emphasises improving human rights and rule of law as well as co-operation in the justice system.

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat
Date: 5.4.2017
Journalist: Petteri Tuohinen
Main source: Xi Jinping , President; Sauli Niinistö, President

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