On March 13, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen of Denmark in Beijing.
Wang Yi noted that Denmark was one of the earliest western countries which established diplomatic relations with China. At present, China-Denmark relations are in the best period of history, facing important development opportunities. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen sent congratulatory messages to the opening ceremony of China-Denmark Tourism Year 2017 last month. Next year, the two countries will embrace the 10th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. China is willing to, together with Denmark, take this as an opportunity to further align development strategies, deepen cooperation in economy, trade, investment, green development, connectivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, medical care, elderly care, water resource management, modern agriculture and other fields, and enhance exchanges in culture, tourism, regional affairs and other issues, so as to elevate China-Denmark comprehensive strategic partnership to new highs.
Anders Samuelsen expressed that attaching great importance to developing its relations with China, the Danish government firmly upholds the one-China policy and respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Denmark is highly honored to be the first EU member to co-chair the tourism year activity with China. The Danish side looks forward to taking this as an opportunity to propel Denmark-China two-way tourism, and is willing to provide more convenience for Chinese citizens to apply for Danish visas. Denmark highly values the "Belt and Road" initiative put forward by China, and hopes to, together with China, make positive contributions to connectivity of the Eurasian continent. The Danish side supports North Europe to cooperate with China and stands ready to play an active role in pushing forward the development of EU-China relations.