China, Lithuania vow to lift ties

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius have agreed to advance bilateral relations to higher levels.

Zhang held talks with Butkevicius on Sunday in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania.

Zhang said China considers Lithuania as an important partner of cooperation in the Baltic region and in the European Union.

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Lithuania.

Zhang expressed hope that the two sides will further step up cooperation to advance bilateral relations to higher levels.

He said cooperation between China and the Central and Eastern European countries, including Lithuania, has become an important engine to the growth of China-EU relations.

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