Dutch king says Netherlands to join Shanghai trade expo

China | 8 Feb 2018 11:26 am

China and the Netherlands agreed on more mutually beneficial cooperation through joint implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative this year.

The agreement was reached between President Xi Jinping and visiting Dutch King Willem-Alexander during their meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.

Xi recalled his state visit to the Netherlands in 2014, when the two sides set up an open and practical China-Netherlands comprehensive cooperative partnership.

"Through joint efforts by both sides, the consensus we reached and the outcomes of our mutual visits have been implemented," said Xi, noting that bilateral relations have entered the best period in history.

He lauded the growing political mutual trust, mutual respect of each other's core interests and major concerns, as well as the fruitful cooperation in trade, investment, innovation and culture between the two countries.

King Willem-Alexander extended Chinese New Year's greetings to President Xi and the Chinese people.

The Netherlands has always attached great importance to developing relations with China, he said, adding the Netherlands would like to participate in the Belt and Road construction.

He said the Netherlands is eager to participate in the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai from November 5 to 10 this year.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also met with the Dutch monarch yesterday.

Li said the Netherlands is a world leader in terms of agriculture and agricultural technology, port logistics and port management. China is willing to enhance cooperation with the Netherlands in those areas, expand bilateral trade, strengthen the exchange of technology, facilitate customs clearance, and better dovetail the Belt and Road Initiative with Dutch development plans, said Li.

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