Zhang Jinxiong, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Hahue, speaks during the seminar with the topic "doing business in greening economies", in the parliament building of South Holland Province on Oct. 26, 2012. (Xinhua/Panzhi)
THE HAGUE, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- To mark the 40th anniversary of Sino-Dutch diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, a seminar with the topic "doing business in greening economies" kicked off in the parliament building of South Holland Province on Friday.
The seminar, which was organized by the European Investment Council (EIC) and the Dutch Chinese Young Entrepreneurs, called on more attention of sustainable development while the bilateral economic cooperation expanded very quickly in recent years.
"The topic why we want to use 'greening economies' is about the future. The Netherlands is very strong in sustainability," Nico Leerdam, Vice Chairman of EIC told Xinhua, "I think there are a lot of opportunities where both countries could cooperate for better development in sustainability."
Zhang Jinxiong, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy, described the topic as "smart."
"In the past forty years, we successfully grasped opportunities, eliminated interferences and overcame difficulties in our way to closer relations," he said, "The huge potential of Sino-Dutch green economy cooperation lies in urbanization, new energy conservation, water management and environment protection."
Last year, China became the second largest investor to the Netherlands with an investment of 43 million euros thanks to logistic assets such as the Port of Rotterdam and the Schiphol airport.
"However, China is still a developing country, we need to do business in green way, but also based on the Chinese reality," Zhang stressed.
More than 200 business elites from both nations shared their experience in the seminar.
J. P. Koert, Technical Director of IHC Merwede, said, "What is very important when you work together is that you have to get to learn each other first very well. There has to be mutual trust."
According to Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, "The Netherlands and China share the same global challenges, such as climate change and scarcity of water."
"Today we are here for the 40 years Sino-Dutch relationship, but of course we already have a 400 years trading relationship," She told Xinhua, "I think the Dutch and the Chinese had a lot in common in the past and that will also be for the future."
The latest statistics show bilateral trade between China and the Netherlands reached a new high of 68.15 billion U.S. dollars in 2011, while year-on-year growth hit 21.3 percent. For nine consecutive years, the Netherlands has been China's second-biggest trade partner in the EU.