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Chinese president meets Danish queen

COPENHAGEN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao met here Friday with Danish Queen Margrethe II.

President Hu arrived in the Danish capital Thursday for a state visit, the first by a Chinese head of state since the two countries established diplomatic ties 62 years ago.

After his meeting with the queen, Hu is to expected to inspect Copenhagen's environment-friendly initiatives.

Copenhagen is well-known for its green growth and green living. In recent years, many city planners from all over the world have visited the Danish capital to study its bicycle traffic, district heating system and waste management.

The Chinese leader is also scheduled to have talks with Danish Prime Minister Hellen Thorning-Schmidt Saturday on enlargement of bilateral cooperation. They will also discuss the global economy, including the eurozone crisis.

The two sides are expected to sign agreements on investment, tariffs, energy, environmental protection, agriculture, education and culture.

China and Denmark have expanded cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1950. In 2008, the two nations forged a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Denmark is China's third largest trading partner in the Nordic region. In 2011, two-way trade between the two countries reached 9.2 billion U.S. dollars, up 18 percent over the previous year.

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