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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden

2015/03/29

On March 28, 2015, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden at the Boao State Guest House in Hainan Province.

Xi Jinping extended welcome to Stefan Lofven for attending the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 and launching the series of events commemorating the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and Sweden. Xi Jinping pointed out that this visit is your first trip to Asia since you assumed office as Swedish Prime Minister, which reflects the importance and friendly affections you and Sweden attach to and hold towards China. Sweden is the first Western country that established diplomatic relationship with the People’s Republic of China. Since China and Sweden established diplomatic relationship 65 years ago, bilateral relations have grow from tiny to big and from weak to strong and achieved remarkable results.

Xi Jinping emphasized that in the next step, the two sides should further strengthen political guidance, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, increase top-level design of and political input into bilateral relations, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and expand common consensus. The two countries should boost cooperative partnership in such fields as sustainable growth, industrial optimization and upgrading, innovation-driven and green economy on the basis of existing cooperation in information and telecommunication, upper-end manufacturing, energy efficiency, environmental protection, new energy and other fields. Both sides should also strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and set up platforms for exchanges between the youth. He expressed the hope that the Swedish side will provide convenience on visa issuing for Chinese citizens who visit Sweden for vacation or business. The two nations should step up communication and coordination on the post-2015 UN development agenda, climate change, global health security and other international affairs.

Stefan Lofven extended gratitude to Xi Jinping for inviting him to attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 and noted that the speech delivered by President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 charts the course for the future cooperation in Asia and is of great significance for Sweden and Europe. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB) initiative that President Xi Jinping put forward is very important. Sweden is highly interested in the AIIB initiative and wishes to carry out cooperation with China on it. Sweden-China economic and trade exchanges are developing smoothly as China's investment in Sweden increases. Sweden hopes to carry out cooperation with China on clean and efficient transport, research and development, innovation and green growth. Sweden, which actively engages in international affairs and places importance on China's significant role, is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China within the framework of the United Nations.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at the meeting.

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