Extrait du discours du Président Hans Van Duysen lors de la Célébration du soixantième anniversaire de l’Association Belgique-Chine à l’Ambassade chinoise ce jeudi 16 novembre:
« Je tiens à remercier de tout cœur Monsieur l’ambassadeur, le Ministre Conseiller et le Conseiller Culturel XIANG pour leur aimable invitation pour cette réception dans le cadre du 60ième anniversaire de notre association.
The Belgium-China Association was founded in 1957, now 60 years ago! Since then the association has continuously made great efforts to enhance friendship between the people of Belgium and China.
There has passed a long way between now and then, with many remarkable events and achievements.
Today I would like to remind you that within the Belgium China Association we have a very successful cooperation with Hanban and the Beijing Foreign Studies University, with whom we have founded now 13 years ago not only the first Confucius Institute in Belgium, but also the oldest active Confucius institute in Europe.
Today we have between us our recently now appointed Chinese director WANG Qi and Prof. WANG Zhu and other colleagues.
I would also like to thank some of our long time members and strongholds, Mevr. Lin en An TENGROOTENHUYSEN that are assuring since 1982 the uninterrupted appearance of our Flemish magazine “China Vandaag” – China Today, that makes a 36 years continued effort.
Since 2007, now almost 11 years our association also started a French sister magazine “Chine Actuelle”, and I want to thank Yonne MAINGUET and Lale for all their efforts.
As you will understand it is not possible to mention everybody and everything that has greatly contributed to this long lasting friendship of 60 years. I can only assure you that even a 60 years have passed since the foundation of this association, it has evolved over time and remains in full commitment to continue to enhance and deepen the friendship between our people.”
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