Danish PM meets with visiting Chinese commerce minister

08:57, May 19, 2010      

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Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen on Monday met with a visiting Chinese delegation headed by Minister of Commerce Chen Deming.

The two sides pledged during their meeting to enhance bilateral cooperation and Chinese-European trade.

Rasmussen welcomed the Chinese trade and investment promotion mission in Copenhagen, and hailed the traditional friendship between the two nations.

Noting that 2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Denmark and the opening of the World Expo in Shanghai, the premier said that it is an especially important year for developing bilateral relations between the two countries.

He expressed hope that the visit of the Chinese mission will further promote bilateral trade and consolidate economic relations between the two countries.

For his part, Chen said that China and Denmark have maintained good relations in recent years. He noted, too, that Danish statistics have put China as Denmark's seventh largest trading partner and Denmark as China's second largest source of foreign investment in the Nordic region.

Meanwhile, the Chinese minister underscored the huge cooperation potential between China and Denmark in such fields as clean energy, environmental protection, and modern agriculture.

He pointed out that the two countries will become increasingly complementary in trade and economic cooperation as the world economy gets back on track.

China hopes to advance bilateral practical collaboration and fully improve the level of bilateral trade and economic exchange through joint efforts of governmental and nongovernmental bodies, Chen said.

Also on Monday, the Danish-Chinese Trade and Investment Forum, cosponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took place in Copenhagen. Chen and Danish Economic Minister Brian Mikkelsen delivered keynote speeches at the conference, which was attended by representatives from more than 400 local companies.

During the forum, the two sides reached a series of agreements involving trade, investment, technology transfer, and the establishment of a framework to promote bilateral investment.

The visiting trade delegation, with more than 100 entrepreneurs, is the largest from China to visit Denmark in six decades.

Source: Xinhua

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