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  • Event: A Belgian Passage to China

    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).

    Programme

    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.

    ‎ ‎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 andContinue reading “Event: A Belgian Passage to China”

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  • Event: EU-China think tank exchange in challenging times: prospects and innovation

    Event: EU-China think tank exchange in challenging times: prospects and innovation

    ‎ ‎Tuesday, 7th December 2021
    ‏ ‎ ‎Location: Online webinar

    Webinar is presented as part of China Center for Globalization‘s flagship event Sixth Annual China Global Think Tank Innovation Forum 2021

    In a fast-changing world, the traditional role and responsibilities of think tanks require fundamental rethinking. Today, think tanks are not only tools of public-policy analysis and engagement, but are also becoming increasingly influential in guiding and formulating public opinions, media trends, and the posture of international organizations. Specifically in the context of China and the European Union, as major trade and investment partners and leaders in global governance, significant opportunities exist in jointly shaping emerging global trends including climate change, public health, and sustainable development goals. Think tanks, as the breeding grounds of ideas and policies, have a profound role to play in guiding the future discourse on both sides.

    As Beijing and Brussels face common challenges including anti-globalization trends and disruptive technologies, think tanks will also need to cultivate more creative mechanisms to further enhance their relevance and efficacy in guiding policy makers, promoting dialogue and joint research. As think tanks thrive amidst open exchanges and exposure, ensuring frequent collaborations and heightened connectivity between scholars and policy makers on both sides will be mutually re-enforcing. Thus, the role of think tanks in jointly identifying more innovative and responsive ways forward, providing timely policy recommendations and enhancing their relevance is going to play an instrumental role in shaping China-EU relations and beyond.

    Panelists (in alphabetic order)

    Mr CUI Hongjian
    Director of Department of European Studies, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)

    Mr HUO Jianguo
    CCG Senior Fellow; Vice Chairman of China Society for WTO Studies

    Mr Paolo Magri
    Executive Vice President, ISPI; Chair of T20 Italy

    Mr Wei Shen
    Associate Vice Pro Chancellor of Deakin University, Jean-Monnet Chair of Professor; Vice Chairman, Europe-Asia Center

    Mrs Shada Islam
    Brussels-based specialist on Europe, Asia and Africa

    Mr Tim Summers
    Senior Consulting Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Program, Chatham House

    Mr SUN Yongfu
    CCG Senior Fellow; former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of European Affairs

    Moderator

    Mrs Zoon Ahmed
    Research Fellow, Center for China and Globalization

    Europe – Asia Center is a strategic partner of China Center for Globalization.

    ‎ ‎Tuesday, 7th December 2021 ‏ ‎ ‎Location: Online webinar Webinar is presented as part of China Center for Globalization‘s flagship event Sixth Annual China Global Think Tank Innovation Forum 2021 In a fast-changing world, the traditional role and responsibilities of think tanks require fundamental rethinking. Today, think tanks are not only tools of public-policyContinue reading “Event: EU-China think tank exchange in challenging times: prospects and innovation”

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  • Event: Human Rights at the Heart of the European Integration and UN SDG’s

    Event: Human Rights at the Heart of the European Integration and UN SDG’s

    ‎ ‎Monday, 18th October 2021
    ‎ ‎Location: Online

    In 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the EU on the grounds that the organisation had advanced peace in Europe. When awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said its decision was based on the stabilising role the EU has played in transforming most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace. The EU’s most important achievement, according to the committee, has been “the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.

    Human rights are also at the heart of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as in the absence of human dignity we cannot hope to drive sustainable development. Human Rights are driven by progress on all SDGs, and the SDGs are driven by advancements on human rights.

    The COVID-19 has even more highlighted the need for a more human-rights centric approach on the global scale. The crisis caused by the pandemic has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination, and other gaps in human rights protection. Only measures to close these gaps and advance human rights can ensure we fully recover and build back a thriving world that is better, more resilient, just, and sustainable. End discrimination of any kind: Structural discrimination and racism have fuelled the COVID-19 crisis. Equality and non-discrimination are core requirements for a post-COVID world.

    Participating expert

    H. E. Ivan Bizjak, Former Director General of Justice and Home Affairs, Council of the European Union, Slovenia

    Conversation moderator

    Mr Matic Gajsek, Deputy Director, Europe – Asia Center, Belgium

    The Webinar will be launched on the YouTube Channel of the Europe – Asia Center.

    ‎ ‎Monday, 18th October 2021 ‎ ‎Location: Online In 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the EU on the grounds that the organisation had advanced peace in Europe. When awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said its decision was based on the stabilising role the EU hasContinue reading “Event: Human Rights at the Heart of the European Integration and UN SDG’s”

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