On the afternoon of April 23, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Gothenburg for an official visit to Sweden.
In a written speech delivered upon his arrival at the airport, Wen said that the friendly exchanges between the two peoples have a time-honored history though China and Sweden are located far apart. Over the past years, the two nations have conducted frequent high-level exchanges, Wen said. And the two sides have reaped bumper harvests in economic and trade cooperation and carried out increasingly close exchanges in various areas, he added. China attaches great importance to its relations with Sweden and stands ready to make concerted efforts, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, to continuously promote the friendship between the two peoples and make fresh progress in advancing practical cooperation in various areas, he said.
"I'm looking forward to meeting with Swedish leaders to jointly map out the future development of bilateral ties and exchange views on other issues of common concern," said Wen. He said he will also attend Stockholm+40 Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development and discuss new ideas of working together to take the road of sustainable development with other delegates. He voiced hope that his visit will further promote the development of China-Sweden friendly cooperative relations of mutual benefit in a bid to benefit the two countries and peoples and make positive contributions to China-Europe ties, world peace and sustainable development.
Senior officials from the Swedish government and Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Lan Lijun greeted Wen at the airport.
The Chinese premier flew in from Germany after attending the 2012 Hannover Messe. Upon leaving Germany, Wen was seen off at the airport by senior officials from the German government and Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Hongbo.