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Europe – Asia Center

Europe - Asia Center: High-Level Exchange with H.E. Bruno Angelet, Belgian Ambassador to China

Brussels - Beijing, May 10th, 2024

On May 10, 2024, a momentous gathering took place as a delegation from the Europe - Asia Center, led by Co-Chair H.E. Jean de Ruyt, former Ambassador of Belgium to the UN, vice-chair Mrs Sheila Arora and H.E. Madame Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, engaged in a strategic dialogue with Belgian Ambassador to China H.E. Bruno Angelet.

This rendezvous signified a significant stride towards deepening understanding and collaboration between key players in the EU and China. Throughout their discourse, they navigated the intricate landscape of EU-China relations, addressing both the pressing challenges and the abundant prospects that lie ahead.

A key takeaway from their exchange was the imperative of proactive engagement to catalyze positive developments. From economic partnerships and cultural exchanges to environmental sustainability endeavours, they collectively explored diverse avenues for collaboration aimed at nurturing resilient and mutually beneficial ties.

Moreover, amidst the backdrop of global uncertainties and evolving geopolitical dynamics, there was a resolute commitment to fortifying the resilience of EU-China relations. This entailed not only confronting immediate challenges but also laying the groundwork for a partnership that is adaptive and responsive to future exigencies.

Looking forward, there is a shared aspiration for heightened collaboration and synergy between the Europe-Asia Center and Belgium, as well as broader EU-China initiatives. In the words of H.E. Jean de Ruyt, Co-Chair of the Europe - Asia Center, "The Belgian EU Presidency serves as a vital catalyst for injecting fresh energy into EU foreign relations."

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Matic Gajšek, Director for Europe, Europe – Asia Center


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