Danish Media Respond Positively to Chinese President’s Visit

Officially released by the office of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday morning, the news about Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Denmark on June 14-16 has sparked positive reactions and a lively debate in Danish media.

President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Denmark on June 14-16. The visit will be the first one by a Chinese head of state. Thorning-Schmidt is very pleased with the visit revealing that it’s ‘historic’.

“Both Denmark and China have much to gain by a closer relationship and I look forward todiscussing how we can further strengthen the depth and breadth of our Strategic Partnership,” she stated.

Earlier Wednesday, Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said the visit reflected Denmark’s status as the sole Nordic state and one of very few European countries that has made a Strategic Partnership Agreement with China.

The Danish royal court also released a press message confirming Denmark’s QueenMargrethe II had invited President Hu for a visit. As Queen Margrethe II is expected to give astate banquet I Hu’s honor on June 15, commentators were discussing if there was some food President Hu would not like.

The Danish media have reacted positively with enthusiasm to the news. Articles on President Hu, interview with director of Confucius Institute at Copenhagen Business School about the visit, and business experts’ comments from the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Wind Turbine Association were featured in various Danish media such as Ritzau, DR News’s website, radio and TV channels and TV2’s news channel. The potential economic outcome of the visit will also be published in business news websites such as Boersen.dk and DR News.

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