COPENHAGEN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and the Danish royal couple, Queen Margrethe II and the Prince Consort, discussed bilateral relations on Friday, agreeing to advance their comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.
During the meeting, Hu spoke highly of the contributions made by the queen, the Prince Consort and the royal court as a whole to the enhancement of China-Danish friendship.coach factory outlet
Although China and Denmark are geographically distant, the two peoples enjoy a long history of friendly exchanges, said Hu.
Denmark is among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, Hu said, noting that the queen, who paid an official visit to China 33 years ago, is the first head of state from the Nordic countries to visit China, constituting an important chapter in the history of China-Denmark exchanges.
In 2008, the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership, pushing bilateral relations to a new stage, said Hu.
China, he said, attaches great importance to its ties with Denmark and is ready to expand friendly exchanges and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit so as to further advance the China-Danish comprehensive strategic partnership.
Cultural exchanges are important for the two peoples to deepen understanding of each other, Hu said, expressing hope that the two sides will join hands to further deepen their exchanges.
The queen and the Prince Consort recalled their visit to China back in 1979, saying that China has made tremendous progress and remarkable achievements in development ever since then.
The relationship between Denmark and China has also come a long way and maintained a good momentum of development, especially after the two countries established the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2008, said the queen.
The Danish people warmly welcome Hu's visit, the first by a Chinese head of state since the two countries established diplomatic ties 62 years ago, she said.
The queen also said that she believed Hu's visit would help strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries in trade and economy and sustainable development, among others.
Noting that China has a long history and rich culture, the royal couple voiced hope that the Danish and Chinese peoples would carry out more exchanges so as to promote mutual understanding and friendship between them.
After the meeting, Hu and his wife Liu Yongqing, accompanied by the Danish royal couple, viewed the Copenhagen harbor to see the city's efforts at environmental protection and green growth.
Hu arrived in the Danish capital on Thursday for a three-day state visit. From Denmark, He will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico, for the June 18-19 summit of the Group of Twenty (G20), which will address pressing issues affecting global economic growth and stability.