President Vējonis meets President Xi in China

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Latvian president Raimonds Vējonis met his Chinese counterpart September 18 in Beijing. From 15 September to 20 September 2018 Vējonis is paying a working visit to the People’s Republic of China with his meeting with Xi Jinping one of the main events.

"It was an excellent opportunity to discuss new opportunities in political and economic cooperation between Latvia and China at the highest political level, with particular emphasis on the advantages of Latvia as a center for excellence in logistics," Vējonis said.

During the meeting, Vejonis said Latvia and other countries in the Baltic region are developing a multi-billion-dollar high-speed railway project Rail Baltica, which will provide a great opportunity to develop Latvia as a center for logistics excellence, according to an official account of the meeting. 

"Ice-free ports, a fast growing regional aviation center - Riga airport - as well as well-developed digital infrastructure create particularly favorable conditions for creating new added value in logistics, as well as information technology and telecommunications services sectors," the President was credited with saying by the official release. 

Vējonis also pointed to increasing numbers of Chinese tourists and great potential for opening direct air traffic between Latvia and China. As previously reported by LSM, the first direct air link between Latvia and China is expected to be launched within a matter of weeks. 

However, no mention was made of  the "SINO-CEEF Holding Company Limited" which was launched in Rīga with much fanfare in 2016 but about which nothing has been heard since.

He has already met with members of the Latvian diaspora in China and spoken with students studying Latvian. Next on Vējonis' China itinerary will be meetings with Prime Minister Li Keqiang and attendance at the World Economic Forum (Summer Davos) in Tianjin.



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