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Diplomatic World_nummer 56.

H.E. AMBASSADOR ZHANG

H.E. AMBASSADOR ZHANG MING GALA SHOW STAGED IN BRUSSELS IN CELEBRATION OF THE CHINA-EU TOURISM YEAR AND THE CHINESE SPRING FESTIVAL On 15 February 2018, the Chinese New Year’s Eve, arts performances were staged at BOZAR, Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, to celebrate the 2018 China-EU Tourism Year and the Chinese Spring Festival. The event was cohosted by the Chinese Mission to the EU and the Chinese Embassy to Belgium with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. Nearly 2.000 people attended the event, including Chinese Ambassador to the EU Mr. Zhang Ming, Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Mr. Qu Xing, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport of the European Commission, General Mikhail Kostarakos, President of the EU Military Committee, other EU and Belgian representatives, diplomats to the EU and Belgium, Chinese entrepreneurs, the Chinese community in Belgium, as well as Chinese and foreign journalists. 18 H.E. Ambassador Zhang Ming Ambassador Zhang sent his New Year’s greetings and said to the guests that it is of special significance to ring in the Chinese New Year with them like a family. Ambassador Zhang pointed out that throughout the 2018 China-EU Tourism Year, the two sides will hold various activities to enhance mutual understanding, strengthen existing cooperation and look for new areas of cooperation that benefit people of both sides, and bring more certainty to the world. The year 2018 is the Year of Dog. Like President Juncker, Ambassador Zhang also hopes that this year will be a year of loyalty, sincerity and harmonious relationship between China and the EU, and looks forward to greater prosperity in China-EU relations.

Commissioner Navracsics said that spring is the time to plan for the whole year and that it is a great delight to get together with Chinese and European friends on the eve of the Chinese New Year. The year 2018 is the EU- China Tourism Year and the European Year of Cultural Heritage. This will be a good opportunity for both China and the EU to showcase their cultural treasures. Commissioner Navracsics hopes that the EU and China will continue growing their relations in the coming year and bring cooperation and friendship to a new level. After the reception, guests watched the gala show themed “China Impression” presented by an art troupe from Shenzhen. The show, featuring traditional Chinese folk music, dances, fascinating acrobatics and martial arts, brought out the beauty of traditional Chinese culture, the vigor of Chinese young people, as well as the openness and diversity of Shenzhen as a frontrunner in China’s reform and opening-up. The show resonated strongly with the audience and left with them a deep impression. © Mission of China to the EU 19