Business Forum 2018, in Hague, Oct.,216
THE HAGUE, Oct. 17
(Xinhua) -- Instead of walking up the stairs step by
step from the wing, Premier Li Keqiang made one single
stride to get to the rostrum to address the
China-Netherlands Business Forum here on Tuesday.
short while earlier, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte
made the same move."This can be a demonstration of the renewed
China-Netherlands ties, which have taken a stride,
especially for our practical cooperation," Li opened his
speech with a metaphor.
Li was on a three-day official visit to the Netherlands,
the first by a Chinese premier to the European country
in 14 years."I have come to the Netherlands to renew and enhance a
long-running friendship. A bright future dawns only when
we maintain," Li said in an article published on
newspaper Nouvelles D'Europe as he arrived in the
The visit, which was wrapped up on Tuesday, did "renew
and enhance" the China-Dutch friendship, and took
bilateral relations a wide stride forward.
DEEPENING PRACTICAL COOPERATION
Speaking highly of the
Sino-Dutch practical cooperation at the business forum,
the Chinese premier said the two governments will create
an open and fair environment for business cooperation
between the two countries.
Ahead of the forum, enterprises of the two countries
signed a series of agreements worth nearly 10 billion
U.S. dollars. When meeting with Rutte on Monday, Li said
China is willing to learn from the Netherlands in
managing an ageing society and establishing cooperation
mechanisms between the two sides in areas of
urbanization, elder care and clean energy technologies.
The premier said China will deepen reforms and
opening-up, and the country is willing to expand
cooperation with the Netherlands on all fronts in the
spirit of openness and inclusiveness, as well as mutual
learning and mutual benefit.
Dutch companies are welcome to increase investment in
China and share the dividend of China's new round of
opening up and high-quality development, Li said.
The advancing of the Belt and Road Initiative, the boom
of China's new growth drivers and upgrading of the
industrial structure, and its innovation-driven
development strategy, would also offer more
opportunities to Dutch companies, Li said in the
Nouvelles D'Europe article.
In his speech at the China-Netherlands Business Forum,
Rutte highlighted the vigorous development of
Dutch-China relations, saying that the two countries'
practical cooperation in such fields as trade and
investment enjoys continuous growth.
More than 900 Dutch companies are doing businesses and
making investments in China and the number is
increasing, Rutte said. When holding talks with Li on
Monday, Rutte said the Netherlands looks forward to
tapping potentials for cooperation with China in areas
including circular economy, urbanization and smart city,
and expanding cooperation in third-party markets.
SAFEGUARDING MULTILATERALISM, FREE TRADE
During the visit, the two
countries' leaders vowed to jointly safeguard
multilateralism and free trade against the backdrop of a
complicated international situation with increasing
By doing so, positive signals will be sent to the world
that China, the Netherlands as well as Europe are
maintaining a rules-based international order and are
committed to the facilitation and liberalization of
trade and investment, Li said when holding talks with
Noting that the world is now facing the headwinds of
unilateralism and protectionism, Li said in the
Nouvelles D'Europe article that the solution to the
challenges lies in "making a stronger commitment to
uphold multilateralism, free trade, economic
globalization and an open world economy, and striving to
sustain the hard-won global recovery with concrete and
For his part, Rutte said that the Netherlands would
strengthen communication and coordination with China in
multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations and
the G20, adding that the two countries are jointly
committed to preserving rules-based multilateralism and
On the reform of the World Trade Organization, Li said
during the meeting that China is willing to strengthen
communication and coordination with the Netherlands on
the issue.The reform should be conducted in accordance
with principles of free trade and openness, Li said,
adding that it should also preserve the legitimate
rights of developing countries and help mitigate the
The reform should be non-exclusive and based upon
consultations and consensus, rather than being decided
by a few countries, he said, noting that it should
proceed in an orderly way based on mutual understanding
and mutual accommodation...
OPENING WIDER TO OUTSIDE WORLD
During the visit, Premier
Li also reaffirmed China's commitment to further opening
China will open its door wider to the outside world and
take more steps to expand market access, Li said when
addressing the business forum, noting that China will
treat all enterprises registered in China equally.
When meeting the press on Monday with Rutte, Li said
"free trade is not a rejection of fair trade," and
"without free trade, there is no fair trade; while
without fair trade, free trade will not gain sustainable
development." As for multilateralism, Li told reporters
that it does not mean disrespect for country-to-country
relations, but a promotion to the democratization of
Li reiterated China's determination to be more open to
the world, saying that the country will continue to
expand its markets for Dutch investments in such areas
as agriculture and service.For his part, Rutte urged all
big countries to work collectively on an open, fair and
multilateral trading system, saying that the Netherlands
and China will make joint efforts to cope with global
"Free and fair trade is about not only how we can share
the cake, it is also about how we can make the cake
bigger," Rutte said. Meanwhile, Li vowed at the business
forum to further strengthen intellectual property rights
(IPR) protection, saying that China by no means allows
any forced transfer of the IPR.
"Any transfer of the IPR must be based on the will of
the enterprises," Premier Li said, adding that any IPR
violation in China will be severely punished in
accordance with the law. Without IPR protection,
innovation cooperation is impossible and expansion of
investment in the Chinese market lacks foundation, Li
told over 400 business leaders and representatives from
the two countries at the forum.
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