China is ready to further enhance cooperation with Denmark on major global issues like climate change and Arctic scientific exploration, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during Climate Week NYU 2015, while meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen.
During Climate Week NYU 2015 the two leaders’ met on the sidelines of the ongoing general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, at which Xi delivered a speech.
Reviewing the “fruitful exchanges and cooperation” between the two countries, Xi noted that bilateral trade has exceeded 10 billion U.S. dollars, with China having become Denmark’s top trade partner in Asia and second-largest overseas destination for investment.
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Cooperation in the areas of science and education, agriculture, medicine, energy saving and environmental protection has also enjoyed smooth progress, Xi said.
China will earnestly look at the possibility of carrying out third-party cooperation with Denmark, he said, adding that the two sides should enrich their mutually beneficial cooperation and expand technological and personnel exchanges in the field of sustainable development.
Ensuring success at COP21
The Chinese leader pointed out that the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for later this year in Paris, is expected to conclude negotiations on a new climate change deal.
The “Enhanced Actions on Climate Change: China’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” document, which China submitted to the UN in June, represents Beijing’s utmost efforts for achieving the goals outlined in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and marks a practical measure to ensure the success of the Paris conference, Xi said.
China, he added, is ready to work together with Denmark, in line with the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities, fairness and respective capabilities, to push for an all-round, balanced and forceful new deal at the Paris conference.
For his part, the Danish prime minister noted that as the two countries celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties this year, Denmark is glad to see the rapid development of its relations with China.
The Danish government is devoted to continuously deepening the friendly cooperative relationship with China, and ready to further increase high-level exchanges, enhance political and practical cooperation and promote people-to-people exchanges between the two sides, said Rasmussen.
He added that Denmark appreciates China’s important role and positive contribution in such areas as climate change and sustainable development, and wants to further strengthen communication and cooperation with China within relevant multilateral frameworks.