It is natural that the development of a country which has the world's largest population, the second largest economy and third largest surface area to the attention of the international community. And it is natural that some western friends in front of the criticism.
But it is wrong to believe that China's size will lead to that the country will try to dominate and threaten other countries when it has become strong enough.
China's success is based mainly on their own efforts. As a nation with almost 1.4 billion inhabitants, a land area of 9.6 million square kilometers and with 56 nationalities, we can not make ourselves dependent on other countries, not through looting or theft.
the Number of poor has declined with the whole of 740 million inhabitants. China has established one of the world's largest social security scheme, which covers elderly care, health care, aid to low-income people and housing. Despite the fact that we have chosen a development path that differs from the western, we have the same goal and the same values: to provide the citizens with well-being.
The most important thing is that we respect each other and have an outgoing and constructive attitude. You get stuck in the old ideological prejudices, see the world only in black and white, or to engage in baseless conjecture, it leads only to missed opportunities for cooperation.
The chinese development has promoted peace in the world. We have been invaded repeatedly throughout our modern history, which led to agony. Therefore, we think that it is valuable to have peace, therefore, we want to protect and contribute to world peace and justice, and therefore we have invested a lot on an ever-peaceful road of development.
for example, China has sent the largest peacekeeping forces among the five permanent members of the UN and our financial contribution to the UN's peacekeeping work is the second largest. We have played a significant and constructive role in several ways to promote a peaceful dialogue between the countries concerned to solve the Korean nuclear issue and the iranian nuclear problem. And we are committed to fight terrorism. China has in this way contributed positive energy to peace and stability in the world.
free Trade is in our national strategy and our goal is a mutual community. Today, China is the largest country when it comes to the exchange, and the second largest country in terms of capital inflows. Our average level has dropped to 4.4 per cent, which is lower than most developing countries, and we are approaching the united states and the EU level.
China has promoted international cooperation through the so-called New sidenvägenprojektet. It is based on a principle of consultation, joint building and sharing. In five years 10 000 goods trains travelled between China and Europe and trade with the countries around train lines have passed the 5 000 billion us dollars in value. China's direct investment in other countries is over 70 billion dollars. We believe that China will be better only under the condition that also the world becomes better. If everyone gets better so it is really good.
Our bilateral trade passed the year 2018 17 billion u.s. dollars, an increase of 17 percent compared with the year before. Investor, Ericsson, Ikea, H&M, with several well-known Swedish companies have pushed their business in China for many years, and China has become an important market for Sweden. Many Swedish companies have participated in the first chinese importmässan and they have received orders for more than 360 million dollars.
Both China and Sweden hold on to the diversity and agree to protect free trade and to act on climate change.
Both China and Sweden hold on to the diversity and agree to protect free trade and to act on climate change. We share the belief that international conflicts should be resolved by political means, negotiation, and so far we have brought the good dialogues in the international community.
That there are differences in history, culture and political systems between our two countries should not be an obstacle for us to be able to develop our relationship. The most important thing is that we respect each other and have an outgoing and constructive attitude. You get stuck in the old ideological prejudices, see the world only in black and white, or to engage in baseless conjecture, it leads only to missed opportunities for cooperation.
Sweden was the first western country that established diplomatic relations with the people's Republic of China. Therefore, we want now and in the future will gladly offer Sweden to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the chinese development. We hope that the swedes will not forget their original desire, when we established diplomatic relations, and we hope that we can continue into a new era of friendly relations and beneficial cooperation.