Latvia is interested in China's constructive involvement in resolution of Ukrainian war - Foreign Ministry

  • 2024-07-06
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - On Friday, Special Representative of the Government of the People’s Republic of China on European Affairs, Wu Hongbo, visited Latvia, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry.

During the visit, the Special Representative met with Dace Melbarde, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Katarina Platere, Head of the Bilateral Relations Directorate.

The officials discussed the bilateral dialogue between Latvia and China, sector-specific cooperation, as well as cooperation in international organisations and on regional security matters. The officials also exchanged views on topics concerning cooperation between the EU and China. Special focus in the conversation with the Chinese Government representative was placed on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, as Latvian officials emphasized its importance in the context of Latvia's vital security interests.

Latvia's interests in cooperation with China also include a more balanced trade balance, the ministry said.

According to information on the Foreign Ministry's website, China was one of the first countries to recognize Latvia's restoration of independence on September 7, 1991. Diplomatic relations were established on September 12, 1991. From a broader historical perspective, it is important for Latvia that during the years of occupation the Chinese government did not recognize Latvia's incorporation into the USSR.

The Latvian Embassy in Beijing started its work on September 25, 1998.