New Danish Ambassador in China Looking to the US

At yet another fine breakfast meeting in the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China, members of the chamber met to network, have some breakfast, and listen to a guest speaker.

This time, the speaker was new Danish ambassador Friis Arne Pedersen.

“It is important for us to find out how we can improve our relationship and the work between China and the United States of America,” Friis Arne Pedersen said at the briefing coming from the job as Denmark’s ambassador in the United States.

The breakfast meeting was held at the Westin Chaoyang in Beijing, where also the DCCC Chairman Humphrey Lau welcomed to guest, while the Danish Embassy and the chamber gave an update on what has happened lately.

Friis Arne Pedersen emphazised the importance of working together with the European Union and having a good relationship with the important European countries.

He also spoke about how China is one of the countries in the world with the most potential and biggest expectations.

The 43 members, who took part of the breakfast meeting, seemed to walk away from the meeting with a feeling that Friis Arne Pedersen is a nice guy who can do a great job at the Danish Embassy in Beijing.

The new ambassador finished by talking about his experience and background.

Friis Arne Petersen is among the highest ranked Danish diplomats. He first served at the Danish Embassy in Cairo from 1981-1984, and from 1986-1994 he was Chief of Staff for the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, Uffe Ellemann-Jensen and Niels Helveg Petersen.

In 1994 he was appointed Director for the Russia and Eastern Europe Department, and in 1995 he became Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy. In 1997 he assumed the position as Head of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and since October 2005 he has been Denmark’s ambassador in the United States of America.

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