During the first official Danish prime minister visit to China since 2008, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen met China’s President Xi Jinping.
And on 3 May 3, China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang received Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen at the People’s Great Hall in Beijing, where there was a welcome ceremony for the Prime Minister and his delegation.
Denmark, as the only Nordic country has an extensive strategic partnership with China, and Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen’s meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping underlines the strong link between Denmark and China, writes the Embassy of Denmark, China.
“An official meeting like this is important in order to lift Denmark’s political and economic relations in China to an even higher level.”
The Prime Minister and Xi Jinping also adopted and presented the joint work program between Denmark and China, which includes more than 80 Danish and Chinese authorities.
This is intended to strengthen bilateral political cooperation and open up new opportunities for Danish business in China by 2020.
In addition to the meeting with Xi Jinping, the Prime Minister also had a number of program items, including a visit to a trial farm owned by China’s largest food company COFCO, where Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard signed a cooperation agreement with the big Chinese company, and where the Prime Minister met with the parent company for all State-owned Chinese companies SASAC. After this, the Prime Minister planted a fresh tree with COFCO’s chairman of the board and SASAC’s chairman of the board.
China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang also met with the Minister for the Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, acting Minister of Health, Karen Ellemann, as well as a larger delegation of Danish business leaders and business organizations.
The trip went on to the opening of the China-Denmark Food and Drug Regulatory Cooperation Center. Here, Danish and Chinese authorities will jointly streamline the approval process for, for example, Danish food and pharmaceutical products in China.
After meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen met Zhang Dejiang, president of the Chinese People’s Congress.
The Prime Minister met with the press in the to discuss his meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang as well as the proceeds of the many agreements signed during the visit, including The Panda Agreement, the Film Agreement, the agreement to allow Danish heat-treated pork for China (such as sausages together with a certification scheme for Danish organic products to China), the opening of the Danish-Chinese Center for Health Cooperation, and the agreement on a new certification scheme for Danish Ecology.
As an end to the trip, Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard invited the Prime Minister and those accompanying for an informal buffet in his residence, where there was the opportunity to breathe and celebrate the outcome of three hectic days in Beijing.
Danish exports to China consist of a wide range of goods with the main emphasis on pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical products (26 per cent), foodstuffs (22 per cent), machinery and equipment for industry (22 per cent) and raw materials, predominantly minkskind (18 per cent). ). In 2017, exports growth is expected to grow by almost 10% to China, and in the long run by 2020, exports of goods are expected to increase by about 33 per cent. Compared to 2016, this corresponds to a growth of 10-12 billion Danish Kronor.
Source: Embassy of Denmark in China