Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to open up his country to Dutch businesses as a way of promoting commerce between the trading partners.

Li said Monday he expects contracts worth $10 billion (8.6 billion euros) to be signed between Dutch and Chinese companies during his two-day visit to the Netherlands.

He says Beijing did a deal this year to allow a German company to establish a petrochemical plant in Guangdong province and pledged that China “will remove foreign equity restrictions to Dutch companies as well.”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gestures during a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Li spoke after a ceremonial welcome at the Dutch parliament and talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He was to meet King Willem-Alexander later in the day.

Li says he and Rutte discussed multilateral trade but not specifically Beijing’s trade dispute with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Source: The Associated Press

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