Verhagen and Jiechi sign joint declaration

Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen had talks with his Chinese opposite number Yang Jiechi in Beijing on Tuesday. At their meeting the ministers discussed a wide range of issues, including the human rights situation in China.

Verhagen and Jiechi noted that relations between their countries were good. Afterwards they signed a joint declaration to further strengthen these relations. The Netherlands is China's second biggest trading partner and the two countries enjoy close ties in many areas such as agriculture, water management, science and culture. The Dutch foreign minister is in China this week to celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations.