PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt arrived in China on Tuesday for a visit designed to "strengthen the political and business relations between China and Denmark and open doors for Danish businesses", according to a press release from the Prime Minister's Office.
Accompanied by the environment minister, Kirsten Brosbøl, and the climate minister, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Thorning-Schmidt's first-day activities included an official meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, a visit to Tinamen Square and enjoyment of two of Denmark's prized exports: hot dogs and beer.
"The Chinese are very interested in everything that we can offer in Denmark. Also hot dogs and beer," the prime minister wrote on Facebook.
Thorning is also due to meet with Premier Li Keqiang on her trip and will also participate in the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, speak to students at Tianjin University and open an exhibit on Hans Christian Andersen at The Chinese Museum of Women and Children.