|Chinese president visits Austria for stronger ties|
VIENNA, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Austrian leaders and talked with farm workers in an ongoing state visit to the central European country aimed at boosting bilateral relations and cooperation.
Hu met his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer on Monday morning and presented a multi-point proposal on further strengthening bilateral cooperation.
Hu proposed that the two sides enhance their political relationship based on equality and mutual trust, continue with their frequent high-level contacts and steer bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.
The two countries should also expand their mutually beneficial economic and trade relations and make concerted efforts to fight trade protectionism and encourage mutual investment, he said.
In the culture sphere, the two sides should promote people-to-people exchanges and boost cooperation in culture, eduction and media among others, Hu said.
The two countries should also deepen cooperation in multilateral mechanisms to jointly push for a more just and fairer international political and economic order, Hu said.
Fischer agreed with Hu's proposal, saying his country is willing to enhance cooperation with China and expand coordination in the United Nations and other multilateral frameworks.
Austria will play an active role in seeking the EU's recognition of China's full market economy status, Fischer said.
After the talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing of a number of cooperation agreements and documents.