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Chinese president meets Albanian PM, marks 60th anniversary of ties

    BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met here Monday with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

    Hu said this year marks the 60th anniversary of Sino-Albanian ties, and the bilateral friendship has remained unchanged over the past six decades despite changes in the domestic and international situation.
    "Sino-Albanian relations are now at a new starting point, with a new opportunity for further development," Hu said.
    He said China will take the opportunity of the 60th anniversary to deepen friendship and cooperation with Albania and improve the relationship in the 21st century.
    Hu stressed the importance of trade cooperation and said he hoped the two countries would strengthen coordination to explore new ways of cooperating.
    China encourages its enterprises to invest in Albania, and also welcomes Albanian entrepreneurs to do business in China, Hu said.
    Berisha said Albania valued its relationship with China and was thankful for its assistance.
    He said Albania would offer more help for Chinese enterprises in Albania and raise bilateral relations to a new stage.
    He reaffirmed adherence to the one-China policy.
    Berisha attended the Boao Forum for Asia in south China's Hainan Province.

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