Polish,Chinese parliaments step up partnership as Asia builds links to Europe
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Top Chinese and Polish officials have signed a parliamentary partnership deal as Warsaw strives to partner Beijing in its multibillion-dollar infrastructure plans.
Zhang Dejiang and Marek Kuchcinski. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak.
Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s unicameral parliament, and Marek Kuchciński, Speaker of the Sejm, Poland's lower house, signed the deal during Dejiang's four-day visit to Poland.
"Parliamentary partnership is especially needed as we are entering a new phase of cooperation between the whole of Central and Eastern Europe and China - if only because of the famous Belt and Road project," Kuchciński said.
China has earmarked USD 40 billion, and the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a further USD 100 billion, on the project to boost trade ties and create infrastructure links between Asia and Europe.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that Poland's location is potentially strategic to the ambitious plan.
In the deal, Poland and China also agreed to further cultivate friendly relations and that the countries' parliaments would work together to "promote democracy, human rights and state of law".
Zhang also met with Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and during his trip to Poland will also meet Polish President Andrzej Duda.
He is also expected to take part in an economic forum focused on transport infrastructure between China and Europe. (vb/pk)
Source: IAR, PAP