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29/02/2016  l  Xi'an, a key city in China's history and China's future

On February 23rd, Mercer published its 18th quality of living study. The study examined social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and the environment, and is aimed at guiding governments and big companies to assess where they should place and how much they should pay employees on international assignments.

The city of Xi'an occupies the 139th spot on the list this year, 2 places higher than when it first appeared in the study in 2014. Then, Mercer wrote: "The city of ...

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24/02/2016  l  Belgium is the only European nation invited to the Boao Forum

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is thus far the only European leader who is invited to attend the Boao Forum, the Asian counterpart of the World Economic Forum. The forum will prove the perfect opportunity for the Prime Minister to assure business leaders from all over the world that Belgium is a safe country to invest in and do business with.

At a Chinese New Year reception in Brussels, Mr. Qu Xing, the Chinese ambassador to Belgium, said that the invitation is proof of China's...

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23/02/2016  l  ICBC announces new branch in Antwerp in support of "Belt and Road" initiative

On January 26, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China announced the opening of a new branch in Antwerp. This branch will be the second ICBC branch in Belgium after Brussels, which was established in 2011.

President of the ICBC, Jiang Jianqing, said in his speech at the opening ceremony that "this year is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belgium, and the opening of the ICBC Antwerp branch is of great significance at the time, show...

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27/01/2016  l  New 6-Day Visa-Free Policy to Go Into Effect This Week

The Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday (26.01) that a new visa-free policy will go into effect this week. As of January 30, Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang will begin offering 144-hour visa-free transit services.

Travelers entering the country via Shanghai's two airports, Nanjing Lukou International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, will be able to move freely through Shanghai and its neighboring provinces for up to 6 days without a v...

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18/01/2016  l  Timothy Driesen joins the Horsten team in China

We are pleased to announce that as of 1 January 2016 Timothy Driesen has joined the Horsten team in China. Timothy, a Belgian national speaking fluent English, Chinese and Dutch, came to China for the first time in 2009 during a six-month scholarship at Xi'an Northwest University. After graduating from the University of Antwerp with a Master's in Translation, he immediately returned to China to strengthen his Chinese language skills at Xianyang Normal University's Chinese Language & Liter...

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28/11/2015  l  CHINA SEMINAR 26 NOVEMBER 2015 AT VOKA MECHELEN

On 26 November 2015 Horsten International organized its 4th China seminar of 2015 in Mechelen, with the assistance of VOKA Mechelen, BCECC and the EU SME Centre.

First Bernard Dewit gave a lecture about legal aspects of doing business in China. Bernard is senior partner of Dewit Law Office and president of the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC). He talked about the new investment law of China, the new policies by the Chinese government to stimulate the new silk road, entry mo...

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08/11/2015  l  30th anniversary of Xi'an-Janssen Pharmaceutical

On 7 November 2015 the 30th anniversary of Xian-Janssen was celebrated in Xi'an in the presence of hundreds of former employees and the management of Xi'an Janssen. Xi'an-Janssen Pharmaceutical is considered to be one of the most successful Sino-Belgian Joint Ventures, set up in 1985.

Bart, son of Joos Horsten, the founding father of Xi’an Janssen Pharmaceutical, was present at the celebration and met with many old friends of his father, such as Mad.Gu Lihong, former No.2 of Xi'...

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16/10/2015  l  Leadership Event SIM Belgium 28 October

On 28 October the 2nd Leadership Event of SIM Belgium will be held at Leeuwergem Castle in Zottegem, Belgium. The main theme of the event will be “Leadership in innovation brings growth”. Moderated by Kathleen Cools of the VRT, different speakers will give their views on innovation strategies and the importance of leadership.

SIM Belgium stands for ‘Service Innovation Management’ and was founded in 2008 by Boudewijn Dupont. SIM Belgium assists start-up and fast...

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14/10/2015  l  Implementatie van biometrische visa vanaf 12 oktober 2015

Vanaf 12 oktober 2015 moeten alle aanvragers van een Schengen-visum zich persoonlijk aanbieden om hun biometrische gegevens te laten registreren.

Visumaanvragen zullen veel sneller verwerkt worden door het gebruik van biometrische kenmerken (vingerafdrukken en een digitale foto). Daardoor kunnen visumhouders sneller worden geïdentificeerd en kan identiteitsdiefstal worden bestreden.

De procedure voor het afnemen van vingerafdrukken is eenvoudig, snel en discreet. De aanvr...

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01/10/2015  l  Corsendonk acquires Brewery du Bocq

Brewery Corsendonk from Turnhout, Belgium, has taken over full control of the Brewery du Bocq in Purnode in the South of Belgium. Corsendonk, owned by the family Keersmaekers, was already a shareholder of the Wallonia brewery since 2010, now they have acquired full ownership of the brewery. The news was officially announced at the occasion of the visit of Federal Minister of Economy Kris Peeters to Corsendonk.

Brewery du Bocq was already br...

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