Netherlands and China
Netherlands and China

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua/GNA) — Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday exchanged congratulatory messages with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to celebrate the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.


In his message, Hu noted that through concerted efforts, China and the Netherlands have increased their mutual understanding and mutual trust in the past 40 years.


Bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, agriculture, science and technology, education and culture among others have yielded great achievements, Hu said.


The president added that the two nations have also maintained good communication and coordination in global and regional affairs.


China, Hu said, attaches great importance to its relations with the Netherlands.


He said China is ready to work with the Nordic country to advance their exchanges at all levels and to expand mutually beneficial cooperation so as to better serve the interests of the two nations.


For her part, Queen Beatrix said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the Netherlands and China have been in close contact on politics, economy, culture and a range of other areas.


The two countries, the queen said, have conducted constructive cooperation, laying a solid foundation for the development of bilateral ties.


The queen said she hopes the activities marking the 40th anniversary of Chinese-Dutch diplomatic ties could further promote mutual understanding and friendship.


Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also exchanged congratulatory notes with his Dutch counterpart Uriel Rosenthal on the same day.



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