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Wu Bangguo Kicks off Official Goodwill Visit to Luxembourg

On May 22, 2012, at the invitation of Laurent Mosar, president of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), arrived in Luxembourg City, the capital of Luxembourg, starting an official goodwill visit to the country.

Luxembourg is blessed with pleasant climate, lush trees and various flowers in May. At 11:30 a.m. local time, Chairman Wu's special plane landed at Luxembourg Findel International Airport, where both the Chinese and Luxembourg national flags were hung. Chinese Ambassador to Luxembourg Zeng Xianqi and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg went aboard to welcome Wu. Chairman Wu and his wife Zhang Ruizhen shook hands and exchanged greetings with Mosar, Ambassador of Luxembourg to China Krieger Carlo and other senior Luxembourg officials in front of the ladder. Luxembourg children presented flowers to Wu and his wife as well as Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the NPC Standing Committee Li Jianguo.

In his written speech delivered at the airport, Wu said despite differences in land area, population size and social system, China and Luxembourg have always treated each other with mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. Both sides have respected and understood each other on issues related to their core interests and issues of major concern, said Wu, speaking positively of fruitful bilateral cooperation on areas like finance, steel, airfreight as well as culture, education and tourism. "On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, China is willing to work with Luxembourg to deepen political trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation and increase people-to-people friendship so as to advance bilateral ties," said Wu.

This is the first visit by a Chinese NPC Standing Committee chairman to Luxembourg. During the visit, Wu is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri, Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and Laurent Mosar, president of the Chamber of Deputies, exchanging views with them on bilateral ties as well as other issues of common concern.

Wu left Dubrovnik on the morning of May 22 local time after concluding his official goodwill visit to Croatia. Upon his departure, Wu was seen off at the airport by Croatian Deputy Parliament Speaker Josp Leko, Ambassador to China Ante Simonic and other senior Croatian officials, as well as Chinese Ambassador to Croatia and the staff of the embassy.

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