COPENHAGEN, June 11 (Xinhua) -- News of Chinese President Hu Jintao's forthcoming state visit to Denmark has sparked positive reactions and a lively debate in Danish media.
The media have reacted with enthusiasm to the news that Hu will visit the Nordic country of 5.5 million inhabitants for the first time. The visit will also be the first one by a Chinese head of state.
News of the visit broke Tuesday night on Danish news agency Ritzau following confirmation from Denmark's Foreign Ministry that President Hu would visit Denmark at some point next week.
The actual date of the visit, June 14-16, was officially released by the office of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday morning.
Danish public broadcaster DR News was quick to run several stories covering the dates of the visit, the potential areas of strategic cooperation between the two countries, and reactions from Danish political parties, academics, business groups and social advocacy groups.
Thorning-Schmidt called the visit "historic," saying she was glad for Hu's visit.
"Both Denmark and China have much to gain by a closer relationship and I look forward to discussing how we can further strengthen the depth and breadth of our Strategic Partnership," she said in a statement.
Earlier Wednesday, Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said the visit reflected Denmark's status as the sole Nordic state and one of very few European countries that has made a Strategic Partnership Agreement with China.【1】 【2】