Niinisto: Finland ‘lucky’ to trade with China

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has praised bilateral trade relations between his country and China, saying Finland’s economic ties with China have served as a balance during times of recession in Europe.

President Sauli Niinistö and Chinese President Xi Jinping with spouses on 6 April 2013. Photo: Lehtikuva/Office of the President of Finland.

President Sauli Niinistö and Chinese President Xi Jinping with spouses on 6 April 2013. Photo: Lehtikuva/Office of the President of Finland.

“Just like Europe has economic difficulties, Finland too has such difficulties, but we have been very lucky to have this key connection, trading with China,” Niinisto said in a recent interview with four Chinese media, which was arranged to mark the 65th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

He valued eastward trade “because it has made it possible to balance our situation, because our trade with China has been growing in spite of this recession in Europe.”

Read more: Xinhuanet

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