|Li Keqiang Meets with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze of Georgia|
On the afternoon of July 1, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang met in Dalian with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze of Georgia.
Li Keqiang expressed that China-Georgia relations enjoy sound and steady development on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment. Noting that Georgia was the first Eurasian country to sign a free trade agreement with China, Li Keqiang said that the Chinese side stands ready to better align the two countries' development strategies, give full play to Georgia's geographical advantages and carry out cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative in the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. China is willing to expand two-way investment on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, facilitate interconnectivity and infrastructure construction in line with the principles of openness, transparency and fair competition, as well as deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and mutual learning to continue to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Mamuka Bakhtadze expressed congratulation on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He noted that Georgia and China enjoy close high-level exchanges and solid political mutual trust. The Georgian side actively supports the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. Chinese enterprises are welcome to expand investment in Georgia. Georgia stands ready to, together with the Chinese side, expand bilateral trade, and intensify cooperation in fields such as people-to-people and cultural engagement, so as to realize mutual benefit and win-win results.
Wang Yi, Xiao Jie and He Lifeng attended the meeting.