On April 24, 2012, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm.
Wen conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes of President Hu Jintao to King Gustaf and expressed gratitude to the Swedish royal family for their long-standing commitment to the development of China-Sweden friendship. Wen said that although China and Sweden are far apart, and have different national conditions, the friendship between both peoples goes back to ancient times. Over recent years, China and Sweden have maintained frequent high-level exchanges, forged much closer trade ties and witnessed active cultural exchanges, said Wen, adding that his visit was aimed at further promoting the two countries' friendly cooperation. Noting that Sweden is leading the world in environmental protection, high-tech and green economy, Wen said China is willing to draw on Sweden's experience and step up the bilateral cooperation so as to realize win-win results and promote new progress in sustainable development worldwide.
The Swedish king asked Wen to convey his cordial greetings and good wishes to President Hu Jintao. He recalled with delight his visits to China, saying China has made impressive achievements. He said the present-day world has witnessed uneven development in countries and that the mankind is confronting many formidable challenges. Sweden has attached great importance to sustainable development and would like to enhance its cooperation with China to increase the two countries' global competitiveness, said the king. He also believed that the peoples of the two countries could become good friends and partners along the path of sustainable development.