China’s eco­nomic growth con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to global de­vel­op­ment

Global Times US Edition - - FORUM - By Fu Yim­ing and He Miao The authors are writ­ers with the Xin­hua News Agency. opin­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to global eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, “This has ben­e­fited us all im­mensely,” Ulla Tor­naes, Dan­ish min­is­ter for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Xin­hua re­cently.

The words came just be­fore she heads for Shang­hai to par­tic­i­pate the up­com­ing China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo(CIIE).

Tor­naes, as spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Dan­ish prime min­is­ter, will par­tic­i­pate in the first CIIE in Shang­hai to be held from Novem­ber 5 to 10, 2018, the year which also marks the 40th an­niver­sary of China’s re­form and open­ing-up.

“As Dan­ish Min­is­ter for De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion, I first of all rec­og­nize the ma­jor achieve­ment of China in re­duc­ing poverty and in­creas­ing the eco­nomic well-be­ing of the Chi­nese pop­ula- tion,” said Tor­naes, com­ment­ing on the sig­nif­i­cance of China’s open­ing-up.

“It is no easy task to main­tain high eco­nomic growth rates for decades and to en­sure that eco­nomic growth ben­e­fits all of the pop­u­la­tion in a coun­try the size of China and with a pop­u­la­tion of close to 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple,” she added.

“China’s re­form and open­ing-up process has of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties for Dan­ish com­pa­nies,” said Tor­naes, adding that dur­ing the process, many Dan­ish com­pa­nies es­tab­lished them­selves and “now con­sider China as their sec­ond home mar­ket”.

More­over, “China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to global eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. This has ben­e­fited us all im­mensely,” said Tor­naes.

“With great per­sonal plea­sure,” Tor­naes is sched­uled to visit China in early Novem­ber, dur­ing which she will have bi­lat­eral meet­ings in Bei­jing and par­tici- pate, rep­re­sent­ing Dan­ish Prime Min­is­ter Lars Lokke Ras­mussen, in the CIIE, which over a dozen Dan­ish com­pa­nies reg­is­tered their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“Den­mark will be present with both a na­tional and a com­mer­cial pav­il­ion at the CIIE. This is a clear demon­stra­tion of our com­mit­ment to co­op­er­a­tion with China, com­mer­cially and po­lit­i­cally,” she em­pha­sized.

This year also marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of the com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween China and Den­mark. And as Tor­naes sees it, bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are “at an all-time high”.

“Over the past 10 years, the co­op­er­a­tion has ex­panded im­mensely and now cov­ers a wide range of sec­tors, in­clud­ing health, food safety, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, cre­ative learn­ing and in­no­va­tion, re­search and uni­ver­sity col­lab­o­ra­tion, trade pro­mo­tion and cul­tural ex­change and so on,” she said.

“To­day, China is our sixth largest ex­port mar­ket and we hope to in­crease the com­mer­cial co­op­er­a­tion even fur­ther,” said Tor­naes, “with re­spect to our fu­ture co­op­er­a­tion, I think we have much in com­mon and can achieve even more to­gether.”

Look­ing for­ward, “I en­vi­sion the next 10 years will strengthen our bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion even fur­ther to the ben­e­fits of our two coun­tries, but I also hope the next 10 years will be marked by a strong co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Den­mark in con­tribut­ing to solv­ing global chal­lenges and achiev­ing the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals,” Tor­naes added.

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