Carl Bildt to Beijing
Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will be in Beijing from today till 8 December. During his visit, Mr Bildt will hold political talks and meet representatives of the Swedish business community.
Mr Bildt will also be the first foreign minister to answer questions on Chinese microblog Sina Weibo.
During his visit, Mr Bildt will also participate in the Stockholm China Forum, an annual meeting at which government representatives, researchers and journalists from Europe, the United States and Asia discuss developments in China.
For the first time since it was established in 2007, the Stockholm China Forum is taking place in China. The German Marshall Fund and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are the main organizers of the series of meetings.
The Forum in Beijing is being jointly organised with the China Institute of International Studies. The Riksbankens Jubileumsfond is contributing to the financing.
"It is an interesting time to visit Beijing and to discuss developments in the country and the region as well as relations between China, Europe and the US. The Stockholm China Forum is an excellent platform for such discussions. The fact that the meeting is being held for the first time in Beijing, and so soon after the Chinese leadership shift, naturally offers the opportunity to deepen the discussion further," says Mr Bildt ahead of his trip.
First foreign minister to interact on Sina Weibo and this will be the first time a foreign minister will be available to respond to questions on Chinese microblog Sina Weibo. Mr Bildt will also be available to answer questions on Twitter.
- Asian Tribune -