The Sichuan Province of China presents its cultural treasure to the EU

It was earlier today that the Mission of China to the EU and the Embassy of China in the Kingdom of Belgium co-hosted a seated lunch reception at the prestigious Tangla Hotel in Brussels, presenting the rich heritage of China’s Sichuan Province. This event was organised in the framework of the crucial China-EU Tourism thematic […]

EU-China Light Bridge in Brussels signals the bright coming of the Year of The Dog

Yesterday evening, a reception was held at the Brussels City Hall, as part of an event called “EU-China Light Bridge”, inspired by the Chinese New Year of the Dog and the China-EU Tourism Year, 2018. The reception consisted of Chinese traditional performances together with the lighting up ceremony of lanterns surrounding the heart of Grand […]

Ambassador Zhang wishes from Brussels great success and prosperity for the China-EU relations in the Year of the Dog

It was yesterday that Ambassador Zhang Ming welcomed Brussels to the Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog. The Chinese Mission to the EU organised yesteday evening an exquisite Gala reception and show at the prestigeous Salle Henri Le Boeuf of BOZAR in Brussels. In this article the speech of HE Mr Zhang […]

China and China-EU Relations in the New Era

This speech was given at the College of Europe by HE Mr Zhang Ming, Ambassador of the Chinese Mission to EU, on 26 January 2018. Rector Jörg Monar, Faculty Members, Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends, Good morning! It is a great pleasure for me to come to the College of Europe, the cradle of […]

“A divided Europe is not in China’s interests”, Ambassador Zhang of the Chinese Mission to EU welcomes Brussels

On 06 December 2017 the Chinese Mission to the EU organized in Brussels another grand reception on the special occasion of the new Ambassador, HE Mr Zhang Ming, arriving in town to assume duties. Some of Brussels’ most prominent personalities honoured the new Ambassador with their attendance like EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner Navracsics and […]

“16+1” Cooperation injects new vigor into China-Europe cooperation

This article was written for The Sting by HE Ambassador Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU. The opinions expressed belong to the distinguished writer. On 27 November 2017, the Sixth Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries was held in Budapest. The cooperation between China and the 16 CEE […]

“The Sea is vast as it admits all rivers”, Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU gives her farewell address in Brussels

On Wednesday 20 September 2017 the Chinese Mission to the EU celebrated the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China with the organisation of an excellent Reception at its premises in Brussels. This was the moment that Ambassador Yang Yanyi chose to give her final public speech as the Head of […]

Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part II)

Suite from Part I This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Claudia Ribeiro, PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences (University of Lisbon) and one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition/trip to China in 2016. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect The European […]

China Unlimited: the dragon’s long and winding road

This article was written for the Sting by Mrs Claudia Ribeiro, one of the winners of the China Unlimited competition. Mrs Ribeiro took part in the China Unlimited trip from 22 July to 02 August 2016. When the Portuguese seafarers opened the sea route to India, and then to Ming Dynasty China, thus opening the world to global trade, China […]

China Unlimited Special Report: at the heart of Beijing

The first day of the China Unlimited trip commenced with the opening ceremony at Hanban Headquarters, China’s main body of dissemination and growth of Chinese language and culture in the world. This task is being delivered through a wide network of Confucius Institutes all around the globe, enhancing students of Chinese language and welcoming them to the […]

China Unlimited: an exclusive interview with the former Ambassador of Hungary to China

On the aftermath of the China Unlimited trip that was completed a few days ago, Mr Panos Katsampanis, Co-Founder of The European Sting took an interview from one of the most prominent members of the delegation, Mr Sandor Meszaros, an experienced diplomat and former Ambassador of Hungary to China. Mr Meszaros was called to give […]

China Unlimited Special Report: The trip to China

The European Sting, the media partner of the China Unlimited competition, travelled to China from the 22nd July to the 2nd of August 2016 to cover the prominent European delegation to China. The trip was divided into two parts: the capital Beijing and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. A rich programme in Beijing kept the strong […]

The South China Sea Arbitration: Illegal, Illegitimate and Invalid

This article was written for the European Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU in Brussels. If I have to choose three words to reflect my views of the award of arbitration over the South China Sea disputes unilaterally filed by the Philippines against China, it would be illegal, illegitimate and invalid. […]

An expert in the South China Sea issue on an exclusive interview at the European Sting

Last Wednesday the European Sting took an interview in Brussels from an expert on the South China Sea. Our interviewee this time was Mrs Yan Yan, Deputy Director of the Research Center of Oceans Law and Policy in the National Institute for the South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and a PhD candidate in the University of Hong Kong on public international law. The stimulating interview is presented below. The Sting’s questions are […]

Some Prevailing Arguments and Perceptions over the South China Sea Issue Are Simply Wrong

This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU For some time now, the South China Sea issue has attracted much attention and media coverage. Some accused China of changing the status quo in the South China Sea by taking unilateral actions that caused tensions in […]

The EU risks trade relations with China over the Tata hype about steel

  It is indisputable that we are running a very important period regarding the trade relations between China and the EU. On the one hand, it is only today that the Commission’s online public consultation on future measures to prevent dumped imports from China is closing; a consultation which had earlier opened on 10 February. The EU is conducting […]

In China things are moving in the right direction

Written by YE Fujing, Economic advisor, Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU China’s “overcapacity” is regularly making headlines with reports of China over-exporting, particularly in the steel sector, and allegedly dragging down the global economy. These reports call for more careful examination. To start, there should be no illusion regarding the problem: overcapacity, […]

The right approach to addressing overcapacity problem from a Chinese perspective

This article was written for the Sting by HE Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU The recent weeks have seen further worrying moves in Brussels. The European Commission opened new anti-dumping investigations on steel products originating from China, and the European steel industry organized a demonstration against so-called Chinese dumping on the […]

A Sting Exclusive: “China is Making Good Stories not Bad Ones”, Ambassador Yang highlights from Brussels

Written by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU   A few days ago, I was chatting with some European business people. Naturally the conversation was focused on China. There were obvious worries and concerns. It was complained that China had been making “bad stories” over the past years – slowing […]

“Working together to make a change at the COP 21 in Paris”, an article by Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU

 Written by Ambassador Yan Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU In a few days’ time, leaders of nearly 150 countries will gather in Paris, not just in defiance of the ISIS terrorist threat, but more in a joint effort to combat global climate change, one of the gravest challenges facing humanity. Their determination […]

Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU at the Chinese Fashion Night

Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU at the Chinese Fashion Night: “Mr. Yan Zhenquan, Director of the China Culture Center in Brussels, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my great pleasure to join you at the Opening Ceremony of the Chinese Fashion Night. On behalf […]

China answers clearly to the European Commission’s investment negotiations with Taiwan

On October 14 the European Commission published a 26 page communication named “Trade for All: Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy“, where it describes a new investment approach of the EU. Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, declared on the matter: “We’ve listened to the debate”…”Europeans know that trade can deliver jobs, growth and investment for […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The Chinese economy is steady and moving in the right direction”, Ambassador Yang of the Chinese Mission to EU underscores from Brussels

Last summer stock markets in Europe and around the world suffered significant losses due to major turbulences in the Chinese markets. The European Sting following the matter very closely invited Mrs Yang Yanyi, Ambassador and Head of Mission of People’s Republic of China to the European Union, to provide her insights about the stock market plunge in China and also about […]

A Sting Exclusive: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Regional Forum

Written speech made by Mr Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China at the ASEAN Regional Forum on 06/08/2015 On 6 August local time, during the Foreign Ministers’ Meetings of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the Philippine Foreign Minister attacked China on its South China Sea policy and […]

The Bank of China at European Business Summit 2015

Written by He Liqin, General Manager of Bank of China (Luxembourg) S.A. Brussels Branch At this wonderful season when nature wakes up, I am glad to come together with our Belgian friends coming from the industry as well as from commercial areas, to enhance our mutual understanding through a deeper communication. As China’s most internationalized commercial […]

A European Discovers China: 3 First Impressions

Written by Hanneke, NL Some time ago I boarded an airplane to discover China.  Flanked by my husband and two teenage boys, I traveled around in north and south. I visited big cities and tiny rural villages. I came back with a truckload of impressions!  There were moments of wonder and admiration.  And there were […]

The “Legend of the Sun” wishes you Happy Chinese New Year 2015 from Brussels

The unique festive moment of the year for the followers of the lunar calendar has arrived. Last Wednesday the lunar New Year was widely celebrated in many parts of the world, particularly in China. 2015 is the “Year of the Sheep” for China, a year of peaceful coexistence, something that the world dearly needs. On this […]