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The People's Republic of China and Denmark marks 70 year of diplomatic relations

16.11.2020  03:40

On 12 November Denmark and P.R. China celebrated 70-years of diplomatic relations at the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing. Guest of honor Vice-Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Ambassador Thomas Østrup Møller gave opening speeches underlining the Sino-Danish Joint Work Programme as a cornerstone of bilateral relations based on shared interests, mutual respect and dialogue.  

“It was a great honor for me to host the reception on the occasion of 70 year of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Denmark. The event underlined the strong and long lasting partnership between China and Denmark", Ambassador Østrup Møller said.

The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod extended his congratulations to the guests via video link. At the reception, a sustainability-themed dinner designed to minimize food was served along with more traditional street food. A historical walk showed historical moment from several hundred years of Sino-Danish common history. 

Prior to the reception  21 MoU’s between Danish companies and their Chinese partners were signed - underpinning the strong commercial ties between the two countries within key areas such as energy and climate to health, environment, food and design. 

The guest included representatives from all aspects of the Sino-Danish partnership, including companies, government authorities, cultural partners as well as key opinion leaders and media. The event marks an important milestone in the relations between the two countries that has an unbroken string of common history from today back to the first official contacts almost 350 years ago.

Background: 
China and Denmark have longstanding relations. The first Danish merchant ships arrived in China in the 17th century. Since then, relations between the two countries have expanded immensely to cover many important sectors and commercial areas. In 2008, Denmark entered into a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with China, and in 2017, a new step to strengthen the bilateral relations was taking with the launching of the Joint Work Programme between China and Denmark. Today the commercial ties remains an important part of the Sino-Danish relations as China is Denmark’s 2nd largest export market outside of Europe. Key areas for Sino-Danish commercial relations are among others climate and energy, environment, water, food, health, maritime services and design.