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Danish Queen highly expects Hu's visit

(Xinhua)

10:04, June 15, 2012

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and her husband Prince Consort Henrik receive an interview by Chinese reporters in Copenhagen on June 14, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

COPENHAGEN - Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and her husband Prince Consort Henrik praised the good relations between Denmark and China, saying they are looking forward to the visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

"We are looking very much forward to the visit of President Hu," the queen said in an interview with a group of Chinese reporters in Fredensborg, the summer palace for the royal family, on Wednesday.

The queen said she is very pleased the relationship between the two countries has been very flourishing these years.

"I have been pleased to be able to promote Denmark in China and I know that China is interested in promoting your country to Denmark," she told Chinese reporters from Xinhua News Agency, the People's Daily and China Central Television during the 30-minute interview one day before President Hu will arrive in Copenhagen for a three-day state visit.

"We were all very impressed by the success of the Olympic Games four years ago in Beijing and of course we were very impressed also by the (Shanghai) Expo... where we had the Danish Pavilion which I understand was a success and much admired," said the queen.

The queen said she heard a lot about the two big events in China because Crown Prince Frederik was in Beijing for the Olympic Games in 2008 and the prince consort visited the Denmark Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in 2010.

The Danish royal couple, who have never met President Hu before, would spend some time with Hu during his stay in Copenhagen, meeting him at the airport, hosting a state banquet in his honor and showing the famous Little Mermaid to him in a boat trip.

"I will be very pleased to explain a little bit about Denmark to him. And I think that is going to be very interesting and hope that he will enjoy his time here," said the queen.

"And we will talk about the past and the future and the present and see what the good relations between China and Denmark can be and how that can evolve in the future. That will be the main topic of our conversation," said the prince consort.

The queen said Hu's visit, the first ever by a Chinese head of state to Denmark, shows China is interested in Denmark.

"Promoting the already very good relations between our two countries and to further trade between our two countries and the contact that comes with trade, I think that is going to be very important," said the queen.

The Danish royal couple recalled their visit to China in September 1979, with excitement.

"To me it was a very exiting experience to visit China because we had all heard about China and we know people who know about China long before that, so to actually be there was fascinating," said the queen.

"One of the things that would of course strike any European 33 years ago was that everything was so different. And I had never been anywhere where you could at least read some of the signs. But everything was in Chinese and it was fascinating," the queen told the Chinese reporters.

"We were very very warmly and kindly received and we had the opportunity to visit other parts of China apart from Beijing. We were in Shanghai, we were in Xi'an, and we were in Hangzhou and we also visited Guilin and we were on the river too. It was very beautiful," the queen said.

"We have always heard about it and it really was extraordinary. And then of course, we both enjoyed Chinese food, so that was a wonderful opportunity," said the queen, laughing.

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