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Wu starts visit to Denmark
By Shao Zongwei (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-05-31 22:04

Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo arrived in Copenhagen Monday for a three-day visit to Denmark.

On arriving at the airport, Wu expressed his confidence the visit will enhance ties by promoting understanding and trust, as well as expanding consensus.

China attaches importance to its ties with Denmark, Wu said, adding that China will expand exchange and co-operation with the host country on the basis of respect, equality and reciprocity.

Diplomatic relations between China and the Scandinavian country date back to 1950, with Denmark as one of the first Western countries to recognize the People's Republic of China.

Bilateral trade has jumped from the nearly US$300 million in 1992 to US$2.46 billion last year. While China mainly exports garments, plastic products, shoes, medicine, toys and suitcases, Denmark provides China with items such as food processing equipment, chemical fertilizer and power-generating facilities.

China and Denmark signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year on providing visas to Chinese tourists, indicating Denmark has become yet another tourist destination for China.

The Chinese top law-maker is scheduled to meet today with the Presidium of the Danish parliament, the parliament speaker Christian Mejdahl, chairmen of the parliamentary groups and members of the Foreign Policy Committee. He will meet Queen Margrethe II and Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen tomorrow.

Wu will also visit the Avedore Power Station, a state-of-the-art plant which provides efficient electricity and heating.

Denmark is the third leg of Wu's 14-day four-nation tour, which has already taken him to Russia and Bulgaria. He travels to Norway Wednesday.


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