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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Foreign Ministry’s deputy state secretary Eduards Stiprais visited China on 25-26 February. In China, he led Latvia’s delegation in political consultations between foreign ministries of the two countries and political consultations. He also opened the 16+1 cooperation initiative’s culture year.

During consultations, the political director emphasized dynamic relations between the two countries and ever-growing economic cooperation and called for a continuation of development in the field of transport and logistics, tourism, education and culture. Liu Haixing, head of the Chinese Foreign Minister’s advisor for European matters noted that China welcomes Latvia’s active involvement in 16+1 events, adding that Latvia is a stable and reliable partner in the Baltic region.

Political consultations covered matters regarding cooperation with the European Union and regional matters, as reported by Foreign Ministry.

On Friday, 26 February, Stiprais and Chinese foreign minister’s assistant Liu Haixing festively opened the Chinese – Central and Eastern European countries cooperation initiative’s culture year. Over the course of the year, 16+1 format plans to organize events meant to help develop education, tourism and cultural cooperation. This includes student exchange, art exhibitions and seminars for attracting Chinese tourists.

The 16+1 format is made up of China and 16 other countries: Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

BNN had previously reported that Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics had emphasized multiple times the possibilities and advantages provided by the chance to develop good relations with China would bring and how Latvian authorities should play the lead role and make Latvia a leader in transport and logistics among Baltic States in the 16+1 format.

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