|Wang Qishan Visits the Netherlands|
From May 28 to 30, 2019 local time, Vice President Wang Qishan visited the Netherlands at the invitation of Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, and met respectively with King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Wang Qishan first conveyed President Xi Jinping's warm greetings, and expressed that in recent years, China and the Netherlands have adhered to the direction and principles decided by leaders of the two countries, and bilateral relations made great strides in the spirit of mutual respect and seeking common ground while shelving differences. The facts prove that countries could achieve common development and prosperity despite their different social systems, cultures and development stages. The Dutch side is welcome to actively participate in cooperation of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. The Chinese side hopes that the Dutch side will continue to create a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory business environment for the Chinese enterprises. It is hoped that both sides will jointly well establish the open and practical comprehensive cooperative partnership between China and the Netherlands. Stressing the historical trend of economic globalization, Wang Qishan said that the Chinese side has always insisted on mutual benefit and win-win results based on consultations on equal footing and strengthening cooperation in a bid to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Willem-Alexander said that the Dutch side highly values its relations with China, and expressed his satisfaction with the development momentum of bilateral relations in recent years. China's development is very important to world peace and prosperity. Every country should strive to solve their own problems and join hands to tackle common challenges. The Dutch side hopes that Netherlands-China relations and Europe-China relations can constantly reach new stages.
When holding talks with Mark Rutte, Wang Qishan noted that my visit this time aims to enhance mutual trust, strengthen communication, and promote the implementation of consensus reached by leaders of the two countries during their mutual visits. In recent years, the two countries have taken on a path featuring win-win cooperation of a high level, which is demonstrated by frequent high-level exchanges, fruitful outcomes in practical cooperation and various highlights in people-to-people and cultural exchanges, benefiting the two peoples. The two sides should further expand two-way trade, facilitate investment and deepen cooperation in financial field. It is hoped that the Dutch side will increase understanding, accelerate action, and actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative to promote the connectivity of the Eurasian continent. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Dutch side, further tap into potential, improve mechanism, and deepen cooperation in innovation. The Chinese side supports the European integration. Win-win cooperation is the fundamental of China-Europe relations. The Chinese side is ready to work with the European side to safeguard and uphold the free trade principles and jointly build an open world economy.
Mark Rutte said that the Netherlands and China are important cooperative partners, and the Belt and Road Initiative is highly consistent with the European Union Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia. The Dutch side is ready to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese side in such fields as technological innovation, green finance, climate change and clean energy, and jointly explore the third-party market. The Dutch side appreciates the Chinese side's stance on tackling climate change, and hopes to jointly safeguard rules-based multilateral trading system with the Chinese side.