Last pages of the text of Xi Jinping’s public address
Kysia Hekser / NOS
Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes that The Netherlands will continue to lead the way in the relations between China and the European Union. He made the comment at a state banquet hosted by King Willem-Alexander at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. “Relations with Europe rank highly on our diplomatic agenda”, Xi said, who views The Netherlands as a gateway. “This is why I decided to start my journey to open the doors to Europe right here.”
King Willem-Alexander said he was “particularly delighted” to welcome Xi. He referred to the Burgerzaal (Citizen’s Hall) inside Amsterdam’s former town hall, which was the setting for the banquet, as ‘The Great Hall of the People’, in reference to the eponymous Hall in Peking. At the time the town hall was built, The Netherlands was already fascinated with China, a fascination which the King affirmed continues to exist to this very day. “The world needs China”, the King spoke. “Last year you called on the people of China to be unafraid to dream, to make their dreams come true and to lend the nation new strength together. The Kingdom of The Netherlands, viewed by some people in your country as the kingdom of innovation, is happy to contribute to the accomplishment of these dreams!”
Willem-Alexander and the Chinese President will meet again tomorrow morning at a Dutch-Chinese business forum in Noordwijk and at a meeting inside the Keukenhof. On Sunday, the President will also meet Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Source: www.nos.nl, Xi: Europa begint bij Nederland, Saturday 22 March 2014, 22:23