Event: A Belgian Passage to China

‎ ‎Monday, 13th December 2021
‎ ‎Location: Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Belgium and the People’s Republic of China in 2021, a book The Belgian Passage to China was published by the author Dr Johan Mattelaer and co-authors Mr Charles Lagrange and Mr Thomas Baert.

On the occasion of the Chinese translation of the book, we are delighted to host the presentation and handover of the first copy of the Chinese version during a ceremony at the Boghossian Foundation (Villa Empain).


Keynote address by, His Excellency Mr Herman Van Rompuy
President Emeritus of the European Council

The genesis of a Belgian Passage to China by
Dr Johan Mattelaer, author

Major Belgian investments in China at the turn of the 20th Century by
Mr Charles Lagrange, co-author

Experiences of a young Belgian entrepreneur in China today by
Mr Thomas Baert, co-author

Closing remarks & handover of the first copy by
Mr Piet Steel, Ambassador (Ret.) of Belgium

Europe – Asia Center is an affiliated partner of the event.