Dutch King & Queen Head to China Before Olympics

Prior to heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea to attend the Winter Olympics, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will pay a visit to China on the invitation of President Xi Jinping this Wednesday.

The King and Queen will be greeted at the Beijing airport by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. They will then head to the Dutch Ambassadors residence, where they will meet with Ambassador Ed Kronenburg as well as some of China’s experts on politics and the economy.

The focus of the meeting will be on the Belt and Road Initiative which is a modern-day version of the Silk Road trading routes. The Belt and Road Initiative focuses on trade and economic integration between participating countries. China is a principal investor in pipelines, ports, roads and various infrastructure. that The Economist stated that China is: “underwriting billions of dollars of infrastructure investment in countries along the old Silk Road linking it with Europe.”

Later in the afternoon The Dutch King and Queen will be received by
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and then meet President Xi Jinping and his wife, Mrs. Peng Liyuan, where they will participate in a delegation meeting.

The visit will conclude with a dinner with the president and his wife.

Embed from Getty ImagesPresident Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan made a two day state visit in March 2014 ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

King Willem-Alexander leaves on February 8 to Pyeongchang, South Korea to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics. Queen Máxima is spending an additional day in China to participate in a roundtable discussion on Green Finance and pay a visit to a Dutch-Chinese architectural firm.

The discussion which takes place in Beijing will discuss the cooperation between the Netherlands and China in Green Finance. Máxima who is the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and has a background in finance actively promotes financial inclusion in her own country and across the globe, especially in the areas of financial literacy and education.

The Queen will then head to South Korea to meet back with her husband and attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and various events in which Dutch athletes will be participating.

By Richard Broekhuijzen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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