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Chinese state visit

Reinfeldt takes up human rights issue

Published tisdag 24 april 2012 kl 19.26
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China's premier Wen Jiabao and his Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt at Stockholm +40. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he did raise the issue of China's human rights record during bilateral talks with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who is on a three-day visit to Sweden.

The two prime ministers addressed the media during a short press conference late Tuesday evening.

"Even if our co-operation is extensive, there are areas where we disagree. Issues of democracy and respect for human rights are such areas," Reinfeldt told reporters.

"At our meeting today I expressed concern for the treatment of human rights activists, the difficult situation in Tibet, limitations on freedom of information, not least on the Internet. I also raised the EU's list of especially important cases," Reinfeldt said.

China's premier, who said his country was committed to protecting human rights, focused on trade and the strengthening links between the two countries.

"During my conversation with the prime minister I stressed that we see Sweden as an important trading partner," Jiabao said.

"The marriage between Geely and Volvo is a good example of co-operation between our two countries," Wen Jiabao said.

Announcing that five bilateral trade deals had been signed between China and Sweden and six agreements with companies, including Ericsson and ballbearing manufacturer SKF, Wen invited more Swedish companies to invest in China.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Chinese premier visited the headquarters of Volvo Cars which is now owned by Chinese company Geely. Volvo cars itself announced a memorandum of understanding with the China Development Bank, but did not disclose a sum.

"Wen is scheduled to meet Sweden's speaker of parliament and address a Stockholm conference on sustainable development on Wednesday, before departing for Poland.

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