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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark
2017/05/04

On May 4, 2017, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping pointed out that to develop a healthy, stable and sustainable China-Denmark comprehensive strategic partnership not only conforms to respective national interests, but also is conducive to advancing China-Nordic cooperation and the comprehensive development of China-Europe relations. 2016 is a year of progress for China-Denmark comprehensive strategic partnership, in which both sides made overall planning for bilateral cooperation in various fields, and jointly pushed bilateral relations for healthy and rapid development under a new situation. The two countries should enhance top-level design to forge 2017 a year of harvest for bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Xi Jinping stressed that both sides should well plan the development direction of China-Denmark relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, respect each other’s core interests and major concerns, strengthen bilateral personnel exchanges at high level and all levels, and intensify exchanges between the two governments, legislative institutions, political parties, local regions and non-governmental levels. The two sides should, focusing on such major areas as circular economy, energy conservation, environmental protection, food safety, agricultural science, utilization of renewable energy and urbanization, carry out a new type of cooperation featuring hi-tech and high-added value, and actively explore the cooperation fields and methods within the “Belt and Road” framework. Both sides should continuously enhance practical cooperation in fugitive repatriation, asset recovery, and social communication and mutual learning, as well as deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in tourism, cooperative research on giant panda, football, and other fields. Both sides should reinforce coordination within the UN, the Arctic Council and other multilateral frameworks, and expand Arctic cooperation.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China always supports the European integration process and stands ready to, together with Europe, forge the four major China-EU partnerships featuring peace, growth, reform and civilization. The Chinese side is willing to enhance communication with Denmark and other Nordic countries, in a bid to constantly push China-Nordic cooperation for new achievements.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen expressed that China enjoys rapid economic and social development, and plays an important role in the UN peacekeeping operation, climate change and other international affairs. Since the establishment of Denmark-China comprehensive strategic partnership in 2008, bilateral relations have achieved substantial development. Denmark adheres to the one-China policy. Extensive bilateral cooperation based on mutual benefit and win-win results has achieved positive outcomes. Denmark stands ready to make joint efforts with China to deeply tap cooperation potential in health care, food, education, culture, tourism, football and other fields, elevate Denmark-China economic and trade cooperation as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges to new highs, and inject new impetus into bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. Denmark is willing to, together with China, intensify communication and coordination in international affairs, strengthen bilateral cooperation in sustainable development, and jointly safeguard the global free trade system, so as to push Europe-China relations for in-depth development.

Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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