During his stay in Beijing Danish Minister of Culture, Per Stig Møller, yesterday met with the Chinese Minister of Culture, Cai Wu.
At the meeting the two ministers discussed further cooperation on protection and development of cultural heritage comprising a new agreement soon to be signed.
The Danish Minister commented China’s work in UNESCOs World Heritage Committee. The ministers agreed that Denmark and China’s approach to issues related to world heritage is very much alike. Not least on how to strengthen the effort of protecting world heritage sites from damaging side-effects of climate change. At the meeting Per Stig Møller presented Denmark’s candidacy for membership when new members are to be elected in 2011.
The ministers also addressed issues of human rights in China. In addition, the two ministers agreed to work closer together and intensify cooperation in the field of film and film festivals.
“Today I had a very fruitful meeting with Mr. Wu. We both agreed to further develop the cooperation and cultural exchange between Denmark and China. We have come a long way already, especially on cultural heritage, and I stressed the importance of reaching concrete results. Therefore I am very pleased that we are ready to sign an agreement on cultural heritage between the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of the People’s Republic of China and the Heritage Agency under the Danish Ministry of Culture. At today’s meeting Mr. Wu and I also had the opportunity to discuss human rights in China,” says Per Stig Møller.
The Danish Minister on Monday left Beijing for Shanghai to participate in the 3rd European-Chinese Cultural Dialogue this Wednesday.