From March 29th to March 31st 2017 Denmark’s Ambassador to China, H.E. A. Carsten Damsgaard visited Suzhou and Nanjing (in Jiangsu Province) to meet with provincial political leadership and facilitate Danish commercial interests.
Jiangsu is one of the richest provinces in China and most important provinces for Danish company interests. One of the purposes of the visit was to meet with Danish companies in the province and discuss how the Danish diplomatic representations in China can support their commercial opportunities. Ambassador Damsgaard met with the Governor of Jiangsu Province and the Party Secretary of Nanjing to discuss the strong political and commercial cooperation between Denmark and Jiangsu, which includes cooperation within the fields of agriculture, tourism, environment and energy, maritime affairs, public health and culture.
Denmark and Jiangsu Province also have extensive city-to-city cooperation, including agreements between Changzhou and Randers, Suzhou and Esbjerg, Wuxi and Egedal, Frederiksund, Ballerup, as well as Nantong and Vejle. These agreements help facilitate Danish interests in Jiangsu, such as Danish environmental solutions towards green urbanization, wind power, air pollution, wastewater and water resource management.
Denmark also has model farms in Jiangsu, which promote advanced Danish agricultural technologies and equipment for safe breeding and slaughtering. With rising food safety concerns among Chinese consumers, this is a rapidly expanding market for Danish food and agricultural companies.
Culture and history was also an important theme for the visit as the Ambassador visited many important historical sites in Jiangsu Province including the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. Here the Ambassador paid his respects to the victims of the Nanjing Massacre and placed flowers at the memorial wall.
Ambassador Damsgaard also visited Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Masoleum and the tomb of the Hongwu Emperor who founded the Ming Dynasty. In the beautiful city of Suzhou, Ambassador Damsgaard visited Suzhou Museum, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, which is considered one of the finest gardens in all of southern China as well as the Garden of the Master of the Nets, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for demonstrating Chinese garden designers’ adept skills for combining art, nature, and architecture.
Source: Danish Embassy in Beijing