First visit to EU headquarters; King of Belgium awarded Xi Jinping the highest honor medal in the country
Yesterday, Xi Jinping arrived in Brussels and began a state visit to Belgium and visited the EU headquarters. Xinhua News Agency
“Star Emblem” and “Fine” will stay in Belgium for 15 years.
European headquarters located in Brussels.
European Academy in Bruges.
Yesterday, Xi Jinping attended the grand welcoming ceremony held by King Philip at the Palace Square before meeting with King Philip of Belgium. Xinhua News Agency
Yesterday, when the plane that Xi Jinping took in entered the Belgian airspace, the two Royal Belgian Air Force fighter escorted.
President Xi Jinping arrived in Brussels on the 30th and began a state visit to Belgium and visited the EU headquarters. This is the first visit to Belgium by the Chinese head of state for 27 years. It is also the first time that the head of state of China has visited the EU headquarters.
Yesterday, Xi Jinping met with King Philip of Belgium. Xi Jinping said that this is a special visit to Belgium and the EU headquarters after I assumed the post of President of China.
King Philip awarded Xioping with medals and certificates from Leopold. The Leopold Grand Ribbon Medal is the highest rank of the Order of Honour in Belgium. It was presented by the King himself and conferred the outstanding contributions of the dignitaries or members of the royal family. On the same day, Xi Jinping also laid a wreath on the tomb of the Belgian Unknown Soldier.
According to reports, President Xi Jinping will visit the EU headquarters on March 31; on April 1, Xi Jinping will deliver an important speech on China-EU relations at the European Academy in Bruges, Belgium; on April 2, Xi Jinping will visit Geely’s Volvo Cars. The company is located in a factory in Belgium.
Visit the two “beepers” giant pandas
On March 29th, Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned two cute pandas in a signed article published by the Evening News of Belgium. The article wrote: “‘Star Emblem’ and ‘Goodness’, two giant pandas that can be embarrassed can be thousands of miles away from China’s ‘Land of Abundance’ settled in Belgium’s ‘Paradise Park’, is the proof of this choice. Their names , meaning bright and beautiful, conveyed our confidence and wish for friendship and cooperation between China and Europe.”
On February 23 this year, “Star Emblem” and “Fine” arrived in Brussels by special plane and will stay in Belgium for 15 years. In order to welcome this pair of giant pandas, Belgium spent 8 million euros to build a new building for them. The Belgian prime minister personally greeted the airport.
According to foreign media reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, who are visiting Belgium, will go to Paradise Park to visit the giant panda and plant a “Hope Tree” in the park. King Philip of Belgium and Queen Mathilde and Belgian Prime Minister Di Lubo will accompany him.
French media reported that although Belgium tried to take this opportunity to sell the country to Chinese investors as “the door to Europe”, and in the past five years, Belgium’s exports to China have increased by 65%, but the economic and trade ties between China and Belgium are still Not too strong, there is a lot of space. (Reported by Beijing News reporter Chu Xinyan)
Visiting EU headquarters will sign cooperation documents
On March 31 local time, Xi Jinping will visit the EU headquarters. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso will receive Xi Jinping. The two sides will sign cooperation documents on economy, trade, science and technology, telecommunications and education.
In the signature article of President Xi Jinping, he likened Belgium to “the heart of Europe.” Belgium is located in the “center of the center” of Europe. Its unique geographical location makes it a favorite of major international organizations. In the capital of Brussels, the European Union headquarters, NATO headquarters, and approximately 1,400 international non-governmental organizations of various sizes make it a practical capital of the European Union.
The EU headquarters is located in a cross-shaped building at No. 200 Legal Avenue in Brussels. The X-shaped Bellemonte building is the most symbolic building in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Since its completion in 1967, it has become the office building of the then European Union (now EU) headquarters. The property rights of the building are owned by the Belgian government and the EU enjoys the lease.
In April 1991, the Bellemont building was refurbished and the decoration process took a full 13 years. On July 1, 2004, EU civil servants began to move back to the building. The building has a total of 18 floors and a building area of 240,000 square meters. The building can accommodate 3,000 civil servants, a 900-person coffee shop, TV room, conference room, storage room, Nordic sauna and underground parking for more than 1,100 parking spaces. (The Beijing News reporter Gao Mei)
To give a speech at the European Academy tomorrow
On April 1, Xi Jinping will deliver an important speech on China-EU relations at the European Academy in Bruges, Belgium. The European Academy is small in size and does not even have walls, but it is a cradle of veritable European politicians.
The European Academy was established in 1949 and was co-founded by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a group of politicians dedicated to European integration. For more than 60 years, the European Academy has trained a large number of outstanding political elites and diplomats for Europe and is known as the “cradle of European politicians.” At present, thousands of public officials of the EU institutions have graduated from the European Academy. Among the EU member states, the current Danish Prime Minister Schmidt, British Deputy Prime Minister Clegg, Finnish Minister of European Affairs Steinb, and several other European dignitaries All are alumni of the European Academy.
The European Academy has a total of five departments: Economics, Law, Political Management, National Policy, and Interdisciplinary Research. All departments use bilingual teaching in English and French.
Dean of the European Academy, Joan Monal, said that President Xi Jinping’s speech at the European Academy is a great honor for the European Academy. The whole court is looking forward to listening to Xi’s speech and understanding the direction of the future development of China-EU relations. (The Beijing News reporter Gao Mei)
What are the high-standard treatment for Xi Jinping’s visit?
On the 30th, when the plane that Xi Jinping took in entered the Belgian airspace, two Belgian Royal Air Force planes escorted. At 9:15 a.m. local time, the special plane arrived at Brussels Airport Abelag. Belgian Prime Minister Di Lubo meets Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the airport.
Belgium will arrange “regular treatment”
According to the French media commentary, Belgium will arrange for the reception of “regular treatment” for Xi and his wife. Arrangements were made for the team to escort Xi Jinping and his wife, and a banquet was held in the outskirts of the castle.
For Belgium, this reception specification can be said to be the highest specification. Throughout several visits after Xi Jinping took office, “the highest specification reception” has become a common word.
In March of last year, Xi Jinping visited Russia. The team greeted with 11 motorcycles in front of the team opened the lane, followed by the guard van, followed by the head of the car. Russia gave Xi Jinping the highest courtesy.
In June last year, Xi Jinping visited Latin America. When Xi Jinping’s special plane arrived at the airport in Trinidad and Tobago, the sky was lightly raining. The presidents of the Trinidad Carmona and Prime Minister Vicenza have been waiting there. The Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Drum Group performed on the scene and welcomed Chinese guests with cheerful music.
When they visited the four countries in Central Asia in September last year, heads of state all expressed their expectations for Xi Jinping’s visit. Without exception, they all greeted the airport. Turkmenistan has arranged for about 100,000 Turkmen people to wear festive costumes to welcome Xi Jinping. During the visit of Xi Jinping, several heads of state accompanied each other personally.
President Karimov of Uzbekistan personally explained when Xi Jinping visited the “Temuri Family History Museum.” Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev offered to take Xi Jinping’s special plane and traveled with Xi Jinping to Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan. The two on the plane had breakfast together and had home-cooked dishes.
When visiting Southeast Asia in October last year, Xi Jinping also received the “highest standard reception” from the visiting country.
During this four-nation visit to Europe, Xi Jinping also encountered rare “high-standard treatment.”
Two Air Force fighters escorted on this visit
On March 22, after the plane that Xi Jinping took to enter the Dutch airspace, the Royal Dutch Air Force fighter escorted off. When the plane arrived at the airport, King William-Alexander and Queen Maxima warmly welcomed.
In the past few days of his visit to France, Xi Jinping also received “rare courtesies”, including a welcoming ceremony for President Xi Jinping at the Invalides Square where Napoleon was buried, and a state banquet hosted by Xi Jinping at the Elysée Palace. The French media used “dumping all” to describe the reception of Xi Jinping. (Reported by Beijing News reporter Chu Xinyan)
China has two “ambassadors” in Belgium
On March 30, President Xi Jinping arrived in Brussels and began a state visit to Belgium. Belgium has a land area of more than 30,000 square kilometers and a population of about 11 million. The country of Belgium is not big, but it is the “base area” of the headquarters of the international organization. The headquarters of the European Union, NATO headquarters, etc. are all located in Belgium. The establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belgium for more than 40 years has deep roots. The Beijing News reporter interviewed the former Chinese ambassador to Belgium Zhang Yuanyuan about “Belgium you don’t know”.
Dozens of international organizations headquartered in Belgium
Beijing News: Can you tell us about Belgium?
Zhang Yuanyuan: The land and people of Belgium have a history of 2000 years. However, “Belgium” became an independent country in 1830. At the time of the Belgian region, the Germanic civilization was on the north, the Latin civilization on the south, the Flemish (Dutch) on the north, the French on the south, the Protestant on the north, and the Catholic on the south. The surrounding European powers need a buffer zone. In 1830, the Belgian region had a revolution against the rulers of the Netherlands. Therefore, the Kingdom of Belgium was born in 1830.
During World War I and World War II, Belgium suffered great trauma. In the first battle, Belgium was the main battlefield. During World War I, 140,000 Chinese laborers took part in the war and many people died in Belgium. In World War II, several major battles were also on the Belgian soil. Germany used Belgium at the time and occupied France.
In terms of national strength, Belgium has a small country and a small population, but it is the first country on the European continent to complete the industrial revolution and is considered to be one of the western powers. At present, Belgium is also one of the developed countries in the West.
Beijing News: What are the characteristics of Belgium’s politics and culture?
Zhang Yuanyuan: The prominent feature of Belgium is its cultural diversity and its complex political system. There are several large regions in Belgium and three more linguistic regions. The federal government has a parliament. Each “district” also has its own parliament. Belgium’s federal government, regional governments, and regional governments all have some powers. In addition, there are overlaps between “regions” and “linguistic regions”. For example, Brussels itself is a capital region, part of the Flemish Region, and also part of the Walloon Region. In this country, local independence is relatively strong. So, who is the most in Belgium? Most ministers!
Beijing News: Belgium is a small country. Why is the EU headquarters located here?
Zhang Yuanyuan: At the time of the establishment of the European Community (predecessor of the European Union), Belgium was in the middle of the European Community. At that time, all countries were reluctant to allow big powers to control the process of EU integration. Belgium is a small country with a central location and convenient transportation. Therefore, it has its headquarters in Belgium. At present, the headquarters of dozens of international organizations such as NATO are located in Belgium. China has two “ambassadors” in Belgium, one is the “Chinese ambassador to the European Union” and the other is “the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium”.
Qian Xuesen sent a letter to Belgium to return home
Beijing News: How has the relationship between Belgium and China developed?
Zhang Yuanyuan: China and Belgium established diplomatic relations in 1971. Before the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, in the 1960s, Belgium once had an important member of the royal family to visit China. In Beijing, the royal family member was met with important leaders such as Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai and attended the ceremony of the Chinese National Day. At that time, even though China and Belgium did not establish diplomatic ties, they had exchanges in the private sector and even quietly did business with China.
After the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, the relationship has developed substantially. Especially after China’s reform and opening up, China-Belgium relations have developed very rapidly. Belgium was the first country to provide modern communications equipment to China.
CCTV once broadcast a television drama called “The Woman under the Gestapo’s Gunshot,” telling a true story. A Chinese woman named Qian Xiuling, whose husband was a doctor in Belgium. She used the friendship with the German military officer to save more than 1,000 Belgians under the German Nazi gun. The Belgian government awarded her the National Medal of Heroes and named the street “Mrs. Qian’s Avenue”.
Also, when the United States did not allow scientists Qian Xuesen to return home. Qian Xuesen wrote to his sister who lives in Belgium. Through Belgium, the letter was transferred to China and prompted Qian Xuesen to return to China.
Beijing News: In recent years, how are the economic and trade exchanges between China and Belgium?
Zhang Yuanyuan: Belgium’s economic scale is not large in itself, and there are more than 20 billion U.S. dollars in trade with China each year. Belgium attaches great importance to exports. In a few years, Belgium’s per capita exports rank first in the world. China has cooperation with Belgium in the fields of machinery, electronics, and medicine.
Belgium’s chocolate is famous. In fact, Belgium’s beer is also known all over the world. There are many kinds of beer and at least 500 kinds of beer. The diamond cutting process in Belgium is very good. Most of the world’s loose diamonds are shipped to Belgium. If there are altogether 100 diamonds in the world, basically seven or eighty blocks are from Belgium. China also performs rough processing for diamonds in Belgium, which means that rough diamonds are first shipped to rough processing in China and then transported back to Belgium for fine grinding. Belgium produces a very good steel wire, which is placed inside the tire for reinforcement and used in China.
The Belgian comics are famous in the world. Everyone is familiar with the Smurfs.
Beijing News: When you served as an ambassador, what were the most interesting things in Sino-Belgian relations?
Zhang Yuanyuan: I was an ambassador in Belgium from August 2008 to May 2011. When I went to serve as an ambassador, I met Belgium’s “anarchy” for more than a year. We have not been able to select the central government. However, the operation of the country has not been greatly affected. I went to Beijing during the Olympic Games, and to the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. Every time there were important figures from Belgium, I was very respectful. (Reported by Beijing News reporter Chu Xinyan)