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Reception in Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-Iceland Diplomatic Relations Held in Beijing

Time:2016-12-08Editor:Sun ChiResource:Department of European and Asian AffairsPrintingSize:LargeMediumSmall

On December 8th, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing jointly held a reception for the 45th anniversary of China-Iceland diplomatic relations. Mr Zhou Xiaochuan, Vice Chairman of the the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Mr. Olafur Grimsson, Former President of Iceland, Mme. Zhang Qiujian, Deputy Secretary General of CPPCC, Mr. Hu Sishe, Vice President of the CPAFFC, Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing, Ambassador Stefan Skjaldarson of Iceland, together with over 150 guests from CPPCC, the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Commerce, Institute of the International Affairs, Beijing Foreign Studies University, People's Literature Publishing House, China International Publishing Group, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sinopec, as well as diplomats from the Embassy of Iceland, and representatives from all sectors attended the reception. 

Vice President Hu Sishe said in the speech that China would like to take the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties as an opportunity, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, to work with Iceland, further enhance the practical cooperation in various sectors, and bring bilateral relations to a new level.

Ambassador Stefan Skjaldarson highly appreciated the support from China in 2008 through IMF, at the very time that Iceland was struck with financial crisis. He said Iceland people will take this friendship at heart forever. Iceland and China have a bright future on artic cooperation.

Before the reception, Vice Chairman Zhou Xiaochuan held a meeting with Former President Mr. Grimsson, Ambassador Stefan Skjaldarson an other guests, and exchanged views on cooperation of geo-therm, artic development and tourism.

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