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Xi Jinping Meets with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

On February 7, 2018, President Xi Jinping and his wife Mme. Peng Liyuan met with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at Zhongnanhai.

Xi Jinping said that we are very delighted that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands pay a visit to China on the occasion of the coming traditional Chinese Spring Festival. I paid a state visit to the Netherlands in 2014, during which we jointly determined the new position of an open and practical China-Netherlands comprehensive cooperative partnership, as well as set development goals and drew up plans for bilateral cooperation. With the joint efforts made by both sides, the consensus reached by us and results of mutual visits have been implemented, making the bilateral relations at their best in history. The two sides show mutual respect for each other's core interests and major concerns and continuously deepen political mutual trust, achieving fruitful results from exchanges and cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, innovation and people-to-people and cultural engagement. Standing at a new starting point, China-Netherlands relations are facing new development opportunities. It is believed that in the new year, the two countries will carry out more mutually beneficial cooperation through the joint building of the "Belt and Road".

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands firstly extended his greetings to President Xi Jinping and the Chinese People for the new year, wishing that in the new year, China will make new achievements and Netherlands-China relations will make new progress. Willem-Alexander congratulated China on the successful convening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and believed that China's development will embrace a bright future. The Netherlands always attaches great importance to developing its relations with China and believes that the "Belt and Road" initiative will bring more opportunities for the country. The Dutch side stands ready to actively participate in the joint building process of the initiative. The Netherlands is willing to take part in the first China International Import Expo and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in international and regional affairs.

Ding Xuexiang and others attended the meeting.

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