Danish Minister for Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen gives an exclusive interview to Xinhuanet in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 19, 2018. (Photo provided by the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing)
BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Lifting millions of people out of poverty into a life where they have opportunities and real choices, that's the best thing that has happened to China in the past 40 years, Danish Minister for Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen said during an exclusive interview with Xinhuanet.
The Minister spoke highly of China's achievements during the 40 years' reform and opening-up, saying "the development itself has been remarkable."
Asked what changes in China impress him the most, he pointed to China's achievements in poverty alleviation, saying it is probably the biggest effort that a country could do.
On the current bilateral relations, the Minister said Denmark and China have very good bilateral relations and a very strong partnership.
"One thing that is emphasized everywhere is that we are two countries that have a history that go way back."
"Denmark was among the first western countries to recognize the People's Republic of China," he said.
This year marks the 68th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China.
It is also the 10th anniversary of China-Denmark comprehensive strategic partnership.
The Minister expects that Denmark and China will enhance cooperation in agriculture and environmental protection.
Denmark has had a substantial growth in agricultural production without risking the environment, he said.
While the agricultural production has increased, the negative effect on the environment declined by 30 percent, he elaborated.
"I hope this would be one of the areas where we could help make a difference in China," the Minister said.