"Oh my God", is how former Danish Prime Minister
describes China's development and she's not exaggerating. Since coming to China for the first time in 1986, Thorning-Schmidt has witnessed firsthand how China has become a "completely different country".
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Beijing, Sept 9, 2014. （Photo/Xinhua）
paid a state visit to China from September 9 to 12, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with her at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, as both sides agreed to strengthen political and commercial ties for fruitful cooperation in a wide range of fields.
"Denmark was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and was also among the first Northern European countries that established a comprehensive strategic partnership with China."
In an exclusive interview with
revealed what she thinks makes China, China, how the country can lead in global institutions and why she hopes the groundwork she laid for China-Denmark relations when she was Prime Minister will continue to grow.
Helle Thorning- Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark
如何看待中国的变化？What Changes Have You Seen in China
Oh my God. Just walking around in Beijing, it's a completely different country. And I remember coming back a few years ago as a tourist with my family and really realizing that China has changed.
An interesting thing is how much we are adopting one another's culture and there's a lot of Western brands here now, which you didn't see at all back in the 1980s and 1990s. But also, there's still the philosophy, the thinking, the special characteristics of China. That makes China, China. So, I think that mixture is very clear now.