Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö (right) inspected the guard of honour in Beijing, China, on Monday, 14 January 2019. (Credit: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva)

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FINLAND and China have announced their intention to increase co-operation in a number of sectors in conjunction with the meeting between Presidents Sauli Niinistö and Xi Jinping in Beijing on 14–15 January.

The Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education and Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Monday signed a letter of intent to enhance co-operation on culture and cultural tourism.

Business Finland and the Province of Jilin signed a letter of intent to increase co-operation on economy and winter sports, while the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and Chinese intellectual rights organisation agreed to supplement their previous agreement.

No details were disclosed as to the content of the letters of intent or their projected ramifications for the operating environment of Finnish businesses in China.

Zhu Jing, a deputy director at China’s Department of European Affairs, shed light on the content of the discussions after the official opening ceremony of the China-Finland Winter Sport Year.

Zhu said two of the main themes of the discussions were enhancing innovation-driven co-operation particularly in high technology and enhancing co-operation on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an economic and diplomatic programme to improve regional connectivity.

He revealed the two countries will unveil a co-operation plan for the next four years to add a practical dimension to the co-operation launched during an official visit to Finland by Xi in 2017. The co-operation will encompass themes such as political and economic co-operation, sustainable growth and data connections.

The plan also lays out a clear timetable and practical measures for meeting the objectives of the co-operation, as well as can serve as a guideline for business-related negotiations, according to Zhu.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi