Group photo of guests at the reception. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
On the occasion of the King’s Day, the Consulate General of Belgium in Guangzhou held a reception at the Canton Club on Nov. 15. Guests from Guangdong, Belgium and foreign Consulates General in Guangzhou attended the event, including He Zhongyou, Vice Governor of Guangdong, Cécile Jodogne, Minister and State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region H.E., and Joris Salden, Consul General of Belgium in Guangzhou.
2016 marks the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Belgium and China. About two weeks ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Beijing, and China and Belgium agreed on Oct. 31 to expand cooperation in such areas as investment, new energy and in the Belt and Road Initiative.
With the continuous development of bilateral relations, China and Belgium deepen the exchanges and cooperation in fields such as economy and trade, investment, tourism, science and technology and culture. Guangdong and Belgium, with striking similarities, enjoy cordial relations based on a fundamental mutual respect, said Joris Salden.
The trade volume between Guangdong and Belgium registered at $4.99 billion in 2015, accounting for 21.5% of the two countries’ total, according to He Zhongyou.
A corner of the reception. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Sister-province agreement was signed between Guangdong and Limburg in 2015 with the witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Belgian King Phillipe, followed by rapid development of friendly cooperation in various fields. In October 2015, Governor of Guangdong Zhu Xiaodan met with Governor of Limburg Herman Reynders in Guangzhou, reaching various consensus on expanding sister-province cooperation.
Cécile Jodogne expressed that Brussels attaches great importance to and will continue to promote its close cooperation relationship with Guangdong. The Belgian overseas session of the China Hi-Tech Fair has been held in Brussels for several times. Many Shenzhen-based companies have made substantial investment in Brussels, for example, Huawei is cooperating with colleges in Brussels on 5G research and development. And Brussels is also one of the 15 finalists for the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.
A section of Belgian literature will be opened at Guangzhou Library next month, providing access for the people of Guangzhou to the rich literary heritage of Belgium, according to Joris Salden.
“CPC Guangdong Committee and Guangdong People’s Government attach great importance to the cooperation with European developed countries including Belgium,” said He Zhongyou, “Guangdong is now building China-Europe Industrial Service Zone as a platform for comprehensive cooperation on industrial service between Guangdong and developed countries in Europe.”