China, Lithuania vow to lift ties

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Added On June 23, 2015

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius have agreed to advance bilateral relations to higher levels.
 
Zhang held talks with Butkevicius on Sunday in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania.
 
Zhang said China considers Lithuania as an important partner of cooperation in the Baltic region and in the European Union.
 
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Lithuania.
 
Zhang expressed hope that the two sides will further step up cooperation to advance bilateral relations to higher levels.
 
He said cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries, including Lithuania, has become an important engine to the growth of China-EU relations.
 
Zhang briefed Butkevicius on the construction of the Belt and Road, saying the Belt and Road initiatives meet the development needs of China and all countries along the routes. 
 
Butkevicius said Lithuania supports and will take an active part in construction of the Belt and Road and is willing to contribute to the growth of China-EU relations.
 
The "Belt and Road" refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. 
 
The initiatives bring together countries in Asia, Europe and even Africa via overland and maritime networks.