China, Finland stress importance of free trade

Updated: 2013-06-02 07:31


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China, Finland stress importance of free trade

Yu Zhengsheng (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, May 31, 2013. Yu Zhengsheng paid an official goodwill visit to Finland from May 30 to June 1. [Photo/Xinhua]

HELSINKI - Top Chinese political advisor Yu Zhengsheng wrapped up his three-day visit to Finland on Saturday with both sides stressing the importance of free trade.

During their meeting on Friday afternoon, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told Yu that Finland will continue its support for open trade, adding that Finland hopes to step up cooperation with China on technological innovation and clean-tech industry.

Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), expressed his gratitude toward Finnish side for its positive role in the ongoing China-EU disputes over solar panels and wireless communication products.

Yu said that Finland's attitude demonstrated its advocacy for free trade and openness.

The European Commission has proposed to impose punitive tariffs on solar panel imports from China. But a latest survey show that a majority of 27 EU governments oppose the plan.

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said in his meeting with Yu at his official residence that Finland opposes trade protectionism.

Yu also met with Finnish Parliament Speaker Eero Heinaluoma, who made similar remarks. Heinaluoma said the Finnish side hopes to make joint efforts with China to step up bilateral cooperations on technological innovation, clean energy, urbanization and sustainable development.

In an interview with Xinhua on the eve of Yu's visit, Heinaluoma stressed the significance of free trade, regarding it as a principle that should be adhered to, especially during economic recession.

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