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Remarks by Ambassador Gui Congyou at the China-Sweden Technological Exchanges and Matchmaking Meeting

Distinguished Hammarby Sjöstad 2.0 Chairwoman Ann-Sofi Gaverstedt,

Distinguished ElectriCITY Hammarby Sjöstad Chairman Allan Larsson,

Distinguished Senior Advisor of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy of Sweden Tony Clark,

Distinguished Professor Ramon Wyss of KTH,

Distinguished Deputy Mayor of Changshu Xu Haidong,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning,

It gives me great pleasure to visit the eco-city of Hammarby again and attend the China-Sweden Technological Exchanges and Matchmaking Meeting. First let me extend, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy, warm congratulations on the event!

China and Sweden have a long-term friendship. In recent years, the two countries made steady progress in scientific and technological innovation cooperation. In 2017, the fourth meeting of the Joint Commission of the China-Sweden Science and Technology Cooperation was held in Stockholm, where our two governments agreed to further step up science and technology cooperation and signed a memorandum of understanding, providing new opportunities for closer science and technology cooperation between our two countries. In the new era, we are ready to develop friendly exchanges and expand win-win cooperation with Sweden in various areas on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

China puts sustainable development and ecological protection high on its agenda. The 19th CPC National Congress held last October established the new development vision featuring innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, and set a strategic goal to continue to pursue sustainable development, follow the Beautiful China Initiative, and ensure harmony between human and nature.

In 2016, China issued the National Plan on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlined the guiding principle and blueprints for implementing the agenda and specific measures to achieve the 17 goals under the agenda. In August 2017, China issued the Progress Report on Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which is the first of its kind in the world. It reviewed China’s practices at the national level and China’s coordinated efforts to implement the agenda economically, socially and environmentally, and presented its early harvests. Chinese President Xi Jinping especially wrote a letter to congratulate on it, and he reaffirmed that China will make relentless efforts to implement the sustainable development agenda and bring its development to higher quality and higher efficiency, one that is more sustainable and fair.

Sweden is not only an innovation powerhouse, but also leads the world in sustainable development. As a long advocate of social and economic sustainable development, Sweden has one of the best technologies and rich experience in clean energy, environmental protection and smart city development. China also has a strong demand for such technology and experience to strengthen eco-governance and protect its environment, which points to great potential for practical cooperation between China and Sweden in sustainable development.

The Hammarby smart city, which is well-known around the world for its advanced green and clean energy technologies, is a fine example of sustainable development in Sweden. In 2010, during his visit to Sweden, then Vice President Xi Jinping especially came to Hammarby and witnessed the signing of the cooperation agreement between Wuxi, Jiangsu Province and Hammarby. In June 2017, during his meeting with Prime Minister Löfven, President Xi again pointed out that China and Sweden need to strengthen cooperation in clean energy and smart city development. Today’s meeting in Hammarby presents us with another valuable opportunity to intensify cooperation in this area and represents an important effort to implement the consensus between the two leaderships.

Changshu of Jiangsu Province is a city dotted with rivers and lakes. It is renowned as the place of good fortune south of the Yangtze River. As a national ecological city with a rich history, Changshu has one of the most developed economies, advanced science and technology, attractive culture and vibrant trade among China’s small and medium cities. It boasts high-tech zones and incubators of science companies at national-level and a large number of high-tech companies. It also has a huge demand for products of clean energy and environmental protection. Swedish companies in this field are more than welcomed to talk with the Changshu delegation. We hope you will find partners to work together, draw strength from each other and make greater contributions to cooperation in science and technology innovation and sustainable development between China and Sweden.

Finally, I wish today’s meeting every success, and I want to again thank all the Swedish friends who are present today, who have made significant efforts and contributions over the years to promote cooperation between China and Sweden.

Thank you!

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