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Visit of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Danish Parliament

08.11.2017  03:02

The Foreign Policy Committee of the Danish Parliament visited China from the 1st to the 4th of November. The visit was a good opportunity for the Chairman of the Committee, Søren Espersen and eight members of the Committee, to get a deeper understanding of Chinese politics after the 19th Party Congress, Chinese foreign and security policy, and to experience the broad Sino-Danish cooperation. The visiting parliamentarians are representing seven different parties of the Danish Parliament.


The four-day visit started with a meeting in the Great Hall of the People with the Chinese host, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress. Chairwoman Fu Ying and Vice Chairperson of the committee Liu Xiaojiang informed the Danish parliamentarians about the outcome the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress and President Xi Jinping’s vision for China and the world. The Committee also met with Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wang Chao, and Vice Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, Shen Beili. The meetings were a good opportunity to learn about and discuss Chinese politics, 19th Party Congress, North Korea, climate changes, regional and global issues. Finally, the Foreign Policy Committee met with Chinese scholars from China Foreign Affairs University and the American Research Institute at a meeting hosted by the Danish Ambassador to China, A. Carsten Damsgaard.



Besides the official meetings, the Committee got an insight in the broad Danish-Chinese relationship by visiting the Art District 798, where it was received by the Director of the Danish Culture Centre, who gave a presentation on Culture Centre’s daily work and a guided walk in the magnificent art district. Furthermore, the Committee went to the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC), where the Parliamentarians had a chance to see the newly inaugurated building of the SDC and meet with Chinese and Danish students of SDC. The Committee also met the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and visited the Novo Nordisk R&D Centre in China. Finally, the Committee went to the Hutong area, Dashilar, and the Great Wall.