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Embracing the New Opportunities to Advance China-Denmark Relations in A New Era

Deng Ying

It is my honor to be ambassador to the Kingdom of fairy tales at an important phase of China-Denmark relations. Though arriving only for a little more than 3 months, with the support of various parties, I have already assumed my new post smoothly. During this period, I have witnessed a number of important bilateral exchanges, including His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik's very successful visit to China, the recent call at Copenhagen by the 26th Batch of Escort Task Group of Chinese PLA Navy, the visits of China's National Energy Administrator and delegations from the Ministry of Education, the Supreme People's Court and Beijing Municipality. I have felt the deep friendship between the two peoples and the close cooperation between the two sides. I am thus fully confident of and looking forward to carrying out my duties in advancing China-Denmark relations.

China-Denmark relations are deep-rooted in history, and bear rich contents. Over 340 years ago, The Danish Merchant Ship 'Fortuna' departed for China, marking the maiden voyage of friendly interactions between the two countries. Denmark is China's sole Comprehensive Strategic Partner in the Nordic region. The two countries enjoy rich fruits in exchanges and cooperation. China is Denmark's largest trading partner in Asia, while Denmark is a European country with the largest investment in China in per capita terms. Bilateral trade volume has remained above 10 billion USD, whilst the trade volume in the first 8 months of 2017 reached 7.9 billion USD. As the first EU member state to co-host Tourism Year with China, Denmark is becoming 'the Nordic destination' for Chinese tourists. Some Danish friends told me, the year 2017 is expected to behold a 40% surge in Chinese visitors to Denmark, bringing in 500 million Danish krones in revenue. The dimensions and depth of China-Denmark relations are constantly broadening. In the next step, both countries can design and pursue practical cooperation not only from bilateral angles, but also via the Belt and Road Initiative, through China-Nordic cooperation, as well as in the wider China-EU environment, enriching the contents of the China-Denmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

With decades of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China(CPC) in Beijing proposed to promote a new pattern of all-round opening-up, offering a golden opportunity for further deepening China-Denmark relations. In the report to the 19th CPC National Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that China will firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, foster a new type of international relations and build a community with a shared future for mankind. China will continue to play its due role as a responsible major country and actively participate in the construction and reform of global governance system, continuously contributing china's wisdom and strength. China will not close its door to the world, it will only become more and more open. China is committed to implementing high-level trade and investment liberalization and facilitation policies, implement the system of pre-establishment national treatment plus a negative list across the board, significantly ease market access, expand opening up of service sector, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors. China aims to grant greater reform autonomy to pilot free trade zones, explore the construction of free trade port, innovate the ways of making foreign investment, enhance global cooperation on production capacity, fostering a network of trade, investment and finance, production and services gearing towards the globe. As China marches on its journey to building a "Great Modern Socialist Country", people would have a wider range of demand in their pursuit of happy life. The "Danish brands" of innovation, green economy, high-end manufacturing, design, education, pension and anti-corruption are expected to get higher visibility in China. Meanwhile, "The Belt and Road " Initiative, "Made in China 2025" Plan, "Four Great New Inventions" in modern times, namely, high-speed railway, e-commerce, mobile payment and sharing bikes, will create new golden business opportunities for cooperation between Chinese and Danish enterprises.

The year 2018, which marks the 10th anniversary of China-Denmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, also provides important opportunities to deepen our bilateral ties. Both sides need to work together to seize the great times, respect and care for each other's core interests and concerns, uphold the spirit of seeking common ground while putting aside differences so as to further expand common interests, enhance consensus in policies and concepts, and strengthen complementary cooperation.

Embracing the current golden opportunities, I look forward to join hands with Danish friends from all walks of life to advance and deepen the China-Denmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

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