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State visit by the President of China (2)

At the invitation of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, and his spouse, Peng Liyuan, will pay a State visit to the Netherlands on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March.

President Xi's visit affirms the good bilateral relations between the People's Republic of China and the Netherlands. A great many government ministers and a large trade delegation will be travelling with the President. Immediately following his State visit, Mr Xi will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

Saturday 22 March

The King and Queen will welcome the President and his spouse at Schiphol, after which there will be an official welcome ceremony. Later in the afternoon, the President will be received in audience at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The first day of the State visit will conclude with a State banquet at the Royal Palace.

Sunday 23 March

On Sunday 23 March Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet the President of China at the Catshuis, in order to discuss the good political, economic and cultural relationship between the Netherlands and China. After this meeting, President Xi will attend the Sino-Dutch Economic Forum in Noordwijk.

The Forum, which will be opened by the King, brings together over 200 leading Chinese companies and a similar number of Dutch businesses. After the King's opening words, there will be speeches by President Xi, Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and Minister for International Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.

After the Forum, the King, the Queen, President Xi and his spouse will depart for Kasteel Keukenhof, where they will view a presentation on technology in Dutch agricultural and food production chains and opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China in these areas. State Secretary of Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma will provide a brief explanation of the presentation. After that, a special tulip will be named by mrs. Peng Following a private lunch at Kasteel Keukenhof, the King and Queen will take their leave of the President of China and his spouse.

Monday 24 March

On Monday morning, the President of China will be welcomed to the Dutch Senate by the President of the Senate, Ankie Broekers, and the President of the House of Representatives, Anouchka van Miltenburg.  

State visit by the President of China

RVD, no. 54: At the invitation of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the President of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, will pay a State visit to the Netherlands on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March. The President will be accompanied by his spouse, Peng Liyuan.

President Xi's visit affirms the good bilateral relations between the People's Republic of China and the Netherlands. A great many government ministers and a large trade delegation will be travelling with the President. Immediately following his State visit, Mr Xi will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

King to host dinner for heads of NSS delegations

RVD, no 50
On Monday 24 March 2014 His Majesty the King will host a dinner at Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague for the heads of the delegations to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).
The dinner will be attended by Her Majesty Queen Máxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans. The heads of delegation will each be accompanied by a member of their delegation.

The NSS will take place on 24 and 25 March 2014 at the World Forum in The Hague. The goal of the Summit is to prevent nuclear terrorism around the world. Four international organisations and 53 countries will participate, represented at the highest political level. The first NSS was held in Washington, in 2010. In 2012 the second NSS took place in Seoul. President Obama asked the Netherlands to organise the third summit.

Note to editors

NSS host broadcaster and photographer:
The host broadcaster and photographer will film the guests' arrival and take both moving and still images of the proceedings inside Huis ten Bosch Palace. This material will be made available to the media in the NSS International Media Center.
If you would like more information, please write to nsshb@nos.nl (film)and nss2014@anp.nl (photo).

Press stand on the forecourt of Huis ten Bosch Palace

A press stand will be set up on the forecourt of Huis ten Bosch Palace for photos/video of the arrival of the guests between 19:00 and 20:00. (NB: The guests will be greeted by the King and Queen inside the palace. Consequently, the royal couple will not be visible from the stand.) NB: On the palace grounds no satellite vans are allowed and no stand-up positions are available. 

Accreditation:
Step 1: obtain NSS registration (mandatory)
To request a place on the press stand on the grounds of Huis ten Bosch Palace, you must have first registered with the NSS. You can apply for registration between now and 10 March 2014 via https://www.nss2014.com/nl/pers/accreditatie.

Step 2: apply for accreditation for the press stand at Huis ten Bosch Palace
Members of the media can apply for accreditation for the Huis ten Bosch press stand between now and Monday 17 March, 18:00 via rvd.pers.kh@minaz.nl. Please state your name, affiliation, position and email address.

Only one camera team (max. 2 people) or one photographer can be admitted per news outlet. No satellite vans will be allowed on the palace grounds and no stand-up positions are available.

Given the expected demand and the limited space, not all requests for accreditation to the Palace press stand can be granted. An effort will be made to ensure the broadest possible mix of participants.

Members of the media will be notified by email no later than Friday 21 March whether their applications for accreditation have been accepted. Additional information will follow on transport from the International Media Centre to Huis ten Bosch Palace. Please allow a substantial amount of extra time for security checks and transport.

More information: www.nss2014.nl

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