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Danish Prime Minister welcomed by Chinese Premier and witness agreement signings

12.06.2017  05:23

On Wednesday, 3rd of May, visiting Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen was officially received by his Chinese counterpart Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“I am excited to have my first visit to China after I assumed office in June 2015. My three-day stay this time will take our bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a new high with the China-Denmark Joint Work Programme. We are strongly committed to promoting free trade and investment through opening up, a cornerstone on which Denmark has built its economic success,” said Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

The two governments endorsed the China-Denmark Joint Work Programme (2017-2020), paving the way to upgrade the existing bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a new high.

Under the Joint Work Programme, government ministries in both countries will have a clear guideline on cooperation in all fields including, but not limited to, politics, judicial affairs, economy, science and education, tourism, food and agriculture, health, and sustainable development.

Prime Minister Rasmussen also reassured Premier Li that Denmark would welcome  China’s ever-engaging role in expanding free trade and invited China for further cooperation through the EU.

Following the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of six agreements on food trade, organic food, giant panda conservation, regulation on food and drug, film, and accreditation and certification between relevant ministries and government offices in the respective countries.

Of the agreements, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation of promoting giant panda conservation was signed, reaffirming the pandas’ arrival at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark next year. The signing came one day after the Prime Minister visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

“The Denmark-China relations bear great potentials and face great opportunities for improvement. We warmly welcome a pair of pandas to live in Denmark. Moreover, the people-to-people contact in tourism is taking momentum from the ongoing 2017 ‘China-Denmark Tourism Year’, with more preferential policies being introduced to attract more Chinese outbound tourists,” said Lars Løkke Rasmussen during his meeting with Li Keqiang.

The Danish government has smoothened some visa rules for Chinese travelers by rescinding the visa requirement for having a Danish host, shortening tour operators’ visa processing time, and opening three new Visa Application Centers in Xi’an, Shenzhen and Fuzhou.

Denmark forecasts to welcome 262,000 Chinese outbound travelers this year, up from 218,000 in 2016. The figure stood at 50,000 in 2009.

Dr. Esben Lunde Larsen, Danish Minister of Environment and Food, and Karen Ellemann, Acting Minister of Health were with the Prime Minister’s delegation and participated in the agreement signings.

After the official agreement signings, Premier Li Keqiang hosted an official banquet for the Prime Minister and his delegation.

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