President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor together with his colleagues from the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States is on a visit in the People’s Republic of China, where they will meet with the President of China, and discuss possibilities for cooperation. The visit will last until Thursday.
The joint visit of the Nordic and Baltic speakers marks the close and far-reaching cooperation between the countries of our region. Earlier, such visits have been made to Washington, Kiev and Tbilisi.
During the visit, the speakers of the parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland will meet with the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. The Nordic and Baltic speakers also plan to have a discussion with young Chinese entrepreneurs, with whom they will speak about innovative economy.
In Nestor’s opinion, the economic relations between China and Estonia have been modest, but there is potential in trade relations, transit cooperation, and also in foreign investments. He thinks that developing of tourism is a challenge. “Together with the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States, we may be able to attract the Chinese tourists to Estonia that will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year,” Nestor said.
The speakers of Nordic and Baltic parliaments will visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, which was the centre of Imperial China during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, from the beginning of the 15th century to 1912. Today it houses the Palace Museum. They will also go to the Great Wall of China that stretches from the sea coast east of Beijing to the Gobi Desert in Gansu province in central China.
The President of the Riigikogu will be back in Estonia on Thursday, 11 January.