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Ambassador Gui Congyou Attends the Luncheon Held by the Sweden-China Trade Council

On October 17, Ambassador Gui Congyou attended the luncheon held by the Sweden-China Trade Council at invitation. Ambassador Gui expressed his appreciation to the Sweden-China Trade Council for its efforts to promote China-Sweden economic and trade cooperation and exchanges between governments and enterprises of the two countries. He pointed out that in recent years, China-Sweden economic and trade cooperation had been developing smoothly and the two-way investment had grown more dynamic. The trade in goods has seen a recovery growth in the first half of this year, highlighting the increasing popularity of Swedish quality products in the Chinese market. As a leading country in the field of energy saving, environmental protection and sustainable development, Sweden has rich green development experience and products of advanced technology. Sweden's green and innovative development model has a lot in common with China’s five development concepts of innovation, coordination, green development, opening-up and shared benefits. Ambassador Gui hoped that the two sides could seize the opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation in green industry.

Mr. Thomas Lagerqvist, Chairman of the Sweden-China Trade Council, said that Sweden and China had a friendly trade relationship since the 17th century, and that the process of industrial development in Sweden profited from mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation with China. As a representative of the business community, the Sweden-China Trade Council was committed to providing information for Swedish enterprises in their effort to tap into the Chinese market, urging the Swedish government to create a better business environment, and in particular, enhancing the understanding of the Chinese market.

Ambassador Gui pointed out that in the future, the two sides should combine trade with two-way investment and technical exchanges more closely so as to promote the scale and level of bilateral trade. He hoped that the Sweden-China Trade Council could organize more Swedish enterprises to participate in China's exhibitions and trade fairs, to look for business opportunities, meet with potential business partners, and seek common development. Ambassador Gui said that it was important to sum up experience and make the Sweden-China Green Cooperation Conference a brand for China-Nordic region cooperation. He also mentioned that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China would be held in Beijing on October 18. The Congress will draw a plan for future development of the Chinese economy with the main focus on innovation and opening-up, offering more opportunities for China-Sweden economic and trade cooperation. Ambassador Gui hoped that the Sweden-China Trade Council could make use of its influence in the business and political circles to enhance Swedish understanding of China and join hands with the Chinese side to promote closer China-Sweden economic and trade relations.

During the luncheon, the two sides also exchanged views on Wuxi Sino-Swedish Eco City, Swedish meat export to China and other issues. Economic and Commercial Counselor Han Xiaodong, Vice Chairmen Frederic Cho and Oscar Lundberg, and Secretary-General Elizabet Soderstrom of the Sweden-China Trade Council attended the luncheon.

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