On July 12, Ambassador Cui Aimin saw off Götheborg of Sweden upon invitation as the ship heads out once again on the Asia Expedition 2022/2023 to China. Mr. Lars G. Malmer, Chairman of Svenska Ostindiska Companiet, Mr. Stephan Bjork, Chairman of the Greencarrier Group, Mr. Johannes Jemdahl, President of Green Carrier, and representatives of the crew and sailors on board attended the event.

Ambassador Cui congratulated on the Asia Expedition 2022/2023 of Götheborg of Sweden. He said that its very first voyage to China in 1739 opened a chapter in the history of nearly 300 years of friendly exchanges between China and Sweden, carved out the China-Sweden maritime silk road, promoted the development and prosperity of Gothenburg and Sweden, thus became a symbol of mutually beneficial cooperation and deep friendship between the two countries. In the 1990s, thanks to the joint efforts of all sectors of Swedish society, Götheborg of Sweden was successfully built as accurate to the original Ship Götheborg. In 2005, with the care of the leaders of both sides, Götheborg of Sweden sailed to China, which became a major event in the development of friendship between China and Sweden.

Ambassador Cui pointed out that China and Sweden enjoy closer ties and more extensive cooperation today. The “black lead and lint traded for tea and porcelain” has expanded to cooperation in fields including communications, medicine, finance, transportation and green and low-carbon energy. Last year, the bilateral trade reached a record high of $20.9 billion. China-Sweden economic and trade cooperation has brought more tangible benefits to the two peoples. The trip to China will not only provide us with an opportunity to review history and renew friendship, but also explore new models and build new platforms for china-Sweden practical cooperation and promote the healthy development of bilateral relations through the ties of culture and trade. I wish Götheborg of Sweden a smooth sailing and safe arrival in China.

Mr. Malmer thanked Ambassador Cui’s best wishes for Götheborg of Sweden. He believed that the ship is an emblem of the friendship between Sweden and China and it heading out once again certainly renews our friendship. Götheborg of Sweden brings Sweden and China together by promoting cooperation in business, trade, culture, and people to people exchanges, which is necessary for the development of the bilateral relations. Mr. Malmer recalled Götheborg of Sweden’s journey to Guangzhou in 2006 and said that the ship proves Sweden’s good will and strong interest in carrying out mutually beneficial cooperation with China. He hoped that Sweden and China will continue to sail along this correct historical track and Götheborg of Sweden will arrive in China safe and sound. 

Note: The original Ship Götheborg was a famous Swedish oceangoing merchant ship in the 18th century. It sailed to Guangzhou, China three times between 1739 and 1745.  In 1995, Sweden modeled on it to build Götheborg of Sweden which shipped to China in 2005. 17 years later, Götheborg of Sweden set sail once again on June 8, 2022. This time it will sail along the ancient route towards China and is expected to arrive in Shanghai in September 2023.

By Chinaeuropenet

Xuefei Chen Axelsson is an independent media person. She has been a journalist for 30 years. She studied English, International politics, and sustainable development. She has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and all the nordic countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Britain. She is good at talking with all kinds of people and exchange ideas and serves as a bridge between China and the world.

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