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President Kaljulaid met in Beijing with the Head of State of China, Xi


President Kersti Kaljulaid met today in Beijing with the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping. The main issues discussed at the meeting included co-operation between the two countries, trade relations and the development of e-commerce. Estonia's running for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council was also discussed.

"For us, China is the most important trading partner in Asia. On the one hand, they appreciate the good quality of our food, while e-commerce has strongly emerged also, which offers interesting challenges and points of co-operation for both countries," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting with her Chinese counterpart. According to the President of the Republic, relations between Estonia and China are at their very best today; apart from trading relations, this is verified by the close cultural and educational relations and an increasing number of tourists.

At the meeting, the heads of state also discussed the state of global commerce in general. "Free trade between countries, unhindered by artificial restrictions, provides the only opportunity for small economies, and for us it is important to get as many countries to support this approach as possible," said President Kaljulaid after the meeting.

One of the issues raised by our Head of State at the meeting was Estonia's candidacy for the position of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and the wish to speak louder about cyber security. China is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

This week, President Kaljulaid is on an official visit to China, where she met with President Xi, participate tomorrow in the summer conference of the World Economic Forum and meet with Prime Minister Li.

The Head of State is taking part in discussions at the World Economic Forum about the strategic outlook on Europe and tech leadership in an era of digital mistrust.