Rosenthal discusses cooperation with China

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal had talks today in Beijing with Jia Qinglin, chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference and the fourth-ranking member of the Chinese hierarchy.

Jia Qinglin visited the Netherlands last year. In Beijing he and Mr Rosenthal discussed the scope for further cooperation. The Netherlands’ nine top sectors offer a range of opportunities because they overlap with the priorities set out in the current Chinese five-year plan.

‘China is very interested in Dutch expertise in the field of water technology. We are well situated to meet Chinese requirements in this sector and should take advantage of the huge potential benefits for the Dutch economy,’ said Mr Rosenthal. Other promising sectors include agrifood, horticulture, energy and logistics.

The Minister also talked to Chinese human rights lawyers, on topics such as freedom of speech, internet and land expropriations. The Netherlands has set aside €1.5 million annually for human rights projects in China addressing issues such as strengthening the rule of law, good governance, and women’s and migrants’ rights. In Tibet the Netherlands is funding projects aimed at combating poverty and preserving cultural heritage.

Tomorrow Mr Rosenthal has a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi. He also intends to meet representatives of the Dutch business community in China.

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