Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan paid a visit to the Netherlands from Tuesday to Thursday, pledging to cement bilateral ties and achieve common development.
During his stay in the Hague, Wang met with Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte separately.
Wang conveyed best regards from Chinese President Xi Jinping to King Willem-Alexander, saying the China-Netherlands relations have seen rapid growth in recent years in the spirit of mutual respect and seeking common ground while putting aside differences.
Facts prove that the two countries could achieve common development and prosperity despite their different social systems, cultures and development stages, said Wang, adding that China welcomes the Netherlands to actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Stressing the historical trend of economic globalisation, Wang said China has always insisted on mutual benefit and win-win cooperation based on consultations on equal footing in a bid to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander said the Netherlands values relations with China, and expressed his satisfaction with the recent development of bilateral ties.
China’s development is very important to world peace and prosperity, said King Willem-Alexander, calling on every country to strive to solve their own problems and join hands to tackle common challenges facing the world.
While meeting with Rutte on Wednesday, Wang said his visit to the Netherlands aims to enhance communication and mutual trust and implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries during their mutual visits.
The two countries have taken on a path featuring win-win cooperation, demonstrated by frequent high-level exchanges, fruitful cooperation outcomes, and rising people-to-people exchanges, said Wang.
Wang urged the two sides to enhance bilateral trade, facilitate investment and enhance cooperation in financial and innovative sectors.
China supports European integration, said Wang, adding that China will work with the European side to safeguard and uphold the free trade principles and jointly build an open world economy.
Rutte, for his part, said the Netherlands and China are important partners, and the BRI is highly consistent with the EU Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia.
The Dutch side is ready to strengthen cooperation with China in such fields as technological innovation, green finance, climate change, and clean energy, and jointly explore the third-party market, said Rutte, appreciating China’s stance on climate change, expressing hope to jointly safeguard the rule-based multilateral trade system.
The Netherlands is Wang’s Second stop of his Asia-Europe tour, which will also take him to Germany. He previously visited Pakistan.