"Oh my God", is how former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidtdescribes China's development and she's not exaggerating. Since coming to China for the first time in 1986, Thorning-Schmidt has witnessed firsthand how China has become a "completely different country".
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Beijing, Sept 9, 2014. （Photo/Xinhua）
Thorning-Schmidt paid a state visit to China from September 9 to 12, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinp特罗厄夫妇ing met with her at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, as both sides agreed to strengthen political and c你懂的网站,征途,空空道人ommercial ties for fruitful cooperation in a wide range of fields.
"DC1306enmark was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and was also among the first Northern European countries that established a comprehensive s直播之土豪系统trategic partnership with China."
In an exclusive interview with China Focus, Thorning-Schmidt revealed what she thinks makes China, China, how the country can 吕旻蓁lead in global institutions and why she hopes the groundwork she laid for China-Denmark relations 凤鸣天下漫画when she was Prime Minister will continue to grow.
Helle Thorning- Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark
What Changes Have You Seen in China?
Thorning-Schmidt: Oh my God. Just walking around in Beijing, it's a completely different country. And I remember coming back a few years ago as a tourist with my family and really realizing that China has changed.
An interesting thing is how much we are adopting one another's culture and there's阿里巴巴收购聚光科技 a lot of Western brands here now, which you didn't see at all back in the 1980s and 1990s. But also, there's still the philosophy, the thinking, the special characteristics of China. That makes China, China. So, I think that mixture is very clear now.
In Which Fields Can China Open-Up More?
Thorning-Schmidt: I hope that China will open up completely to foreign investment. It's important that there is complete reciprocity for those who welcome Chinese investment. In some European countries, there should be complete reciprocity in that area as well.
I also hope that China achieves even greater integration into global financial markets because I think these things are important, and I'm always hoping that along with its great power, China can take on more responsibilities in its work with inter刘志霞书法national global institutions兰希黎官网.
▲ 2018年8月20日，在丹麦哥本哈根举行的 "中国设计" 展览上, 一位当地观展者正与中国设计师交谈。（图/新华社）
A visitor was talking with a Chinese designer during the exhibition 帝后难追"Design China" in Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug 20, 2018. (Photo/Xinhua)
How Do You View China-Denmark Relations?
Thorning-milkycatSchmidt: I've always been personally very fascinated with China. I came to China for the first time in 1986 and spent a few months here, travelling around because I always thought that this amazing nation was one you should partner up with and be friends with. I continued that approach when I was prime minister myself.
We had 小河区黄岗酒店the first State visit ever from a Chinese President to Denmark. I also came back to China a few times as Prime Minister, which was very fruitful because we appreciate the engagement.
We don't always see things the same way, so there can be disagreements. But I really feel that dialogue is the best way to solve disagreements and that's why I have always felt采源宝怎么用 that China is a partner. We share the same planet, the same globe. So, we need to partner up and we are interdependent.
I hope we can go from strength-to-strength. China and Denmark have always had a very close relationship. And Denmark was one of the first countries to recognize the new China.
We welcome Chinese investment in Denmark and I hope the new government does that as well. I'm seeing di黄贤明fferent tones in Europe right now and I hope that the Chinese will reach out a hand and try to further the deepening of our relationship and understanding of China in the West.
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