Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to make official visit to China

On 15-16 November 2013, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay an official visit to China. He will be accompanied by Lilianne Ploumen, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, who will travel to China a day earlier with a Dutch trade delegation.

Their visit’s main purpose will be to reaffirm the good bilateral relations between China and the Netherlands and further strengthen diplomatic and economic ties. Mr Rutte will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang.

The Netherlands is China’s second biggest trading partner in the EU and tenth biggest worldwide. In 2012, trade between the two countries was worth €39.5 billion and is still growing. China offers the Dutch business sector excellent opportunities. More than 1,000 Dutch companies are currently active there.

Source: Dutch government

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