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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 visa. The M...

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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 & Literatu...

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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 modes in Chi...

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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'an Janssen...

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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-growing c...

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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 aanvrager hoeft slecht...

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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 brewing the famous Pater and Agnus beers of Corsendonk, t...

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30/09/2015  l  China seminar 30 Sept.2015 at Voka Kempen
On 30 September 2015 Horsten organised a China seminar in Geel, with the assistance of VOKA Kempen, the Chamber of Commerce. About 25 business people participated in the seminar. First Ed Sander gave a lecture about the e-commerce market in China and the trends in social media. Ed is specialised in database marketing, online marketing and CRM and worked in China during 2 years as a marketing consultant. Since 2012 he is publishing blogs and giving lectures about this and oth...

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17/09/2015  l  Chinese vice premier eyes further technology cooperation with Belgium and inaugurates cultural center
  On Monday 15 September Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong arrived in Brussels expressing China's willingness to enhance technology and innovation cooperation with Belgium. China and Belgium will jointly provide innovative information, data services and products to the world in coping with global food security, climate change, water crisis and other strategic demands. On Wednesday 16 September Chinese Vice Premier and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders have inaugurated a new Chinese ...

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25/08/2015  l  Made in Kempen - Steeds meer Chinezen kiezen voor Corsendonk Hotels
Meer en meer Chinese toeristen kiezen ervoor om te overnachten in hotels van de Corsendonk-groep. Met haar zes hotels en clubs in België – vier in de Kempen waaronder de Priorij Corsendonk, één in Spa en één in Blankenberge – weet de Corsendonk-hotelgroep slim in te spelen op de groeiende stroom van Chinese toeristen naar West-Europa. Dit is deels het gevolg van de rechtstreekse chartervluchten vanuit drie Chinese steden naar Luik die wekelijks duizen...

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