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Ambassador Gui Congyou Attends Hefei Promotion Hosted by Anhui Science and Technology Association in Sweden

On 26 August, Ambassador Gui Congyou attended the Anhui Hefei Promotion at the Brommavik Hotel in Stockholm upon invitation of the Anhui Science and Technology Association in Sweden. Mr. Duan Maoli, President of the Association, chaired the event. Mr. Qian Yansong, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hefei Municipal Committee and Head of the Hefei Municipal Organization Department, Mr. Han Xiaodong, Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy, Mr. Liu Shaohui, Honorary President of the Association, and Mr. Stefan Hanna, Deputy Mayor of Uppsala, attended the promotion, together with representatives of the Swedish entrepreneurs and experts and overseas Chinese from the Anhui province of China.

Ambassador Gui said in his speech that the friendly relations between China and Sweden have a long history. Sweden was the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with China and one of the first in the West to conduct economic, trade, scientific and technological cooperation with China. In the 68 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, bilateral relations between China and Sweden have developed steadily and important achievements have been made in various fields of pragmatic cooperation. China is vigorously implementing the vision of innovative, coordinated, green, and open development that is for everyone. Environmental protection and green, sustainable development have become the theme of China’s high-quality economic development. Sweden, a world leader in innovation and a pioneer in the concept of sustainable development, has vigorously advocated sustainable economic and social development and accumulated advanced experience. China and Sweden have great potential for expanding pragmatic cooperation. The Chinese side welcomes the Swedish side to export more high-quality goods to China to meet the Chinese people’s demand for a better life. Local governments of the two sides are welcome to actively strengthen friendly relations and cooperation. Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, is one of the fastest growing cities in China in terms of economic and social development. Its education, scientific research and ecological civilization develop rapidly, and its human and cultural resources are abundant. Ambassador Gui believes that the promotion will display to Swedish friends Hefei as a city of opportunities. Swedish friends are welcome to invest and establish businesses in Hefei.

Mr. Qian Yansong expressed appreciation to the overseas Chinese from Anhui Province for loving their hometown and supporting the development of their hometown. He also introduced Hefei’s history and its achievements and prospects of development in fields of economy, trade, science, technology, innovation and education. He said that Hefei adheres to the concept of open development and cooperates extensively with the outside world. Swedish friends are welcome to visit Hefei often to explore business opportunities and seek mutual development.

Mr. Stefan Hanna and other representatives of the Swedish side said that openness is the foundation for Sweden’s national development. China is the second largest economy in the world, and developing friendly relations and cooperation with China is an inevitable choice for Sweden. They admire Hefei’s development achievements and prospects, and are willing to actively conduct exchanges and explore cooperation projects with Hefei and to facilitate the establishment of Swedish enterprises in Hefei.

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