Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Rosenthal calls on China to continue constructive role on world stage

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has called on China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Zhijun, [gov.cn sites] to continue China’s constructive role on the world stage. The two ministers were speaking in the margins of a visit by Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, [gov.cn sites] to celebrate the 40 anniversary of diplomatic relations at embassy level between the Netherlands and China.

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has called on China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Zhijun, [gov.cn sites] to continue China’s constructive role on the world stage. The two ministers were speaking in the margins of a visit by Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, [gov.cn sites] to celebrate the 40 anniversary of diplomatic relations at embassy level between the Netherlands and China.

The two ministers discussed the situation in countries like Iran, Syria and North Korea. Mr Rosenthal called on Mr Zhang to keep up the pressure on Iran now that the sanctions seem to be working. He also stressed the importance of the UN Security Council’s continuing involvement with developments in Syria (China is a permanent member of the UN Security Council). In addition, Mr Rosenthal asked Mr Zhang to ensure that China exercises its leverage on North Korea.

Both men confirmed the good bilateral relations between China and the Netherlands and foresee opportunities for cooperation and dialogue in various areas, including human rights.