by Xinhua writers Yang Jingzhong, Devapriyo Das
COPENHAGEN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Bilateral relations between China and Denmark, which have long enjoyed warm ties, have undergone further positive developments in recent months backed by a number of high level visits from both sides.
The outcome is that the Sino-Danish relationship is resurging, with a focus on boosting two-way trade, investment and business, and strengthening existing cultural and educational exchanges, with mutual respect for strategic policies.
Recent developments include the official visit of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to China this week, which followed close on the heels of the state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to Denmark in June, the first ever such visit by a Chinese head of state to this Nordic nation.
At the invitation of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and her husband Prince Consort Henrik, Hu made the historic visit, which raised the two countries' relationship to a record high.
These top visits mark the culmination of rejuvenated bilateral contact in recent years, which led in 2008 to the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, covering economic, political, cultural and various affairs.
Denmark and China established the comprehensive strategic partnership during former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's visit to China in October 2008, a document that has since formed the framework for Sino-Danish cooperation. Denmark is the only Nordic country, and one among a handful of European nations, to sign such a partnership with China.
In June, Hu told Thorning-Schmidt that his visit was "an embodiment of the high attention we attach to China-Denmark relations."
He added that the visit would improve bilateral understanding and push forward the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.
President Hu's visit also resulted in the signing of 17 agreements, and deals worth around 3.4 billion U.S. dollars between Chinese and Danish companies in sectors such as renewable energy technologies, ports services, and dairy products.
Denmark has had an unbroken diplomatic presence in China since 1908, and was one of the first Western countries to recognize diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China over 62 years ago. Queen Margrethe II made a state visit to China in 1979, the first such by a western monarch.
The formal consultation and dialogue mechanism established between the two countries' governments continues to enable close communication from both sides in bilateral and multilateral affairs, and on issues of political, economic and strategic relevance.