PM enjoys tea for two in China trade drive

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma's began an official visit to China Sunday in Shanghai, meeting with local leaders and 50 members of the Latvian community there.

Straujuma has traveled to Shanghai to help open a Latvian-Chinese business ventures seminar, and, in a meeting with Han Dzheng, city supervisor, she thanked him for the opportunity.

Dzheng told Straujuma that Latvia's strategic geographic location accounts for China's and Shanghai's interest in Latvia.

The fourth leaders' meeting of China and Central and Eastern European countries will be held in Suzhou city November 24-25 as part of the so-called "One Belt, one Road" initiative, attempting to connect these two distant corners of the globe.

According to a release from her office Straujuma hopes to help create new opportunities for joint projects in the transport and logistics sector.

At the opening of the business forum, Straujuma said: ""Latvian food products are of excellent quality. I am convinced that the Chinese market will benefit from our food, such as milk, meat and fish products or high quality medical products.Our dairy products have already reached the Chinese market, in Shanghai, and you can taste Latvian ice cream."

She also urged Chinese investment in Latvia, in particular in areas where China has world-class technology and skills. 

"We have created favorable conditions for investors in all of our major ports and special economic zones. We have a high-end financial services and IT infrastructure, including one of the world's fastest internet speeds in order to meet all needs," Straujuma said.

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