Rutte and Ploumen in China programme
On 15 and 16 November 2013 Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay an official visit to China, accompanied by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen. Ms Ploumen will start her trip a day earlier, joining Bernard Wientjes, chair of employers' association VNO-NCW, and a trade delegation of 14 Dutch CEOs.
The aim of the visit is to further strengthen diplomatic and economies ties between the Netherlands and China. The agenda includes meetings with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang, as well as company visits and meetings with Dutch and Chinese businesses.
The Netherlands and China have much to offer each other politically, culturally and economically. Despite the crisis, the Chinese economy is still growing at a rate of around 7.5% a year. And while foreign investment around the world has been declining, Chinese investment has risen in recent years. The Netherlands is China's second-largest trading partner in the European Union. In 2012 trade between the two countries was worth some €39.5 billion. China offers excellent opportunities for Dutch companies, especially in agriculture, water, and the creative and high-tech industries.
15 November 2013
The programme will kick off in Beijing on the morning of Friday 15 November with a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People. This will be followed by a round-table discussion between Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Ploumen and CEOs from Dutch and Chinese companies on economic cooperation between the two countries.
Mr Rutte and Ms Ploumen will then meet with Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the National People's Congress. At the end of the afternoon they will join President Xi Jinping for dinner. The day will end with a trade reception for Dutch and Chinese companies at which various contracts and agreements will be signed.
16 November 2013
On the morning of Saturday 16 November, Mr Rutte and Ms Ploumen will attend a Chinese-Dutch investment summit at the Bank of China. Mr Rutte will then visit Teesing Industrial Systems, a company with Dutch roots that provides sustainable fuel solutions to the Chinese automotive industry. At the same time, Ms Ploumen will visit Boon Edam, a Dutch firm that manufactures revolving doors and security barriers for the global market. She will then travel with a trade delegation to Myanmar (Burma).
In the afternoon, Prime Minister Rutte will join Premier Li Keqiang for a lunch meeting with representatives of FrieslandCampina, China Agricultural University and Wageningen University, who will sign a dairy cooperation agreement.
Mr Rutte will then visit the Forbidden City and Coal Hill in Jingshan Park, before rounding off his trip with a dinner to discuss recent developments in the country with various China experts.