Chinese President Hu Jintao
arrived in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Friday for a state visit aimed at
promoting cooperation between China and Sweden.
President Hu flew in from the northern German city of Rostock after attending
the outreach session of the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Heiligendamm on the
Baltic Sea coast.
In a written statement issued upon his arrival at the airport, the Chinese
leader said that in recent years, China and Sweden have steadily enhanced mutual
political trust, built strong trade and business ties, and expanded exchanges
and cooperation in various fields.
"China values its relations with Sweden and will continue to work with Sweden
to boost bilateral relations," he said.
President Hu said that during his visit, he will review with Swedish leaders
progress made in the friendly cooperation between the two countries since the
establishment of diplomatic ties, exploring new ways to strengthen mutually
beneficial cooperation and exchanging views on major international and regional
issues of mutual concern.
"I am confident that this visit will enhance friendship, increase mutual
trust, broaden common ground and strengthen cooperation between China and
Sweden," he said.
President Hu is expected to meet Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, Parliament
Speaker Per Westerberg and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, reviewing the
development of bilateral ties and making plans for future development, according
to a Chinese Foreign Ministry official.
The two sides will sign a number of cooperation agreements, including one on
environmental protection, said the official.
In recent years, China and Sweden have enlarged cooperation in such areas as
politics, economy and trade, science and technology, culture and education.
China is Sweden's largest trading partner in Asia, with bilateral trade
volume in 2006 amounting to 6.7 billion U.S. dollars, or an 18-percent increase
from the previous year.
In July 2006, King Gustaf paid a state visit to China.
President Hu is scheduled to leave for home on Sunday after concluding his