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26/03/2016  l  New subsidy system in Flanders starting at 1 April 2016
Since 2009 Horsten International is a certified service provider ("Erkend Dienstverlener") under the KMO-portefeuille subsidy program of the Flemish Government. Starting from 1 April 2016 a new system is put in place, which simplifies the system and also changes the conditions under which SME's from the Flanders Region can receive subsidies. Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (in Dutch: Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen) is a government agency, charged with implementing th...

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18/03/2016  l  China Seminar 17 March 2016
On the 17th of March 2016 Horsten International organised its second China Basics Seminar about cultural differences between Western and Chinese business practices and the typical pitfalls in doing business in China. After a short introduction about Horsten International and the new policies of the Chinese govenment in the 13th 5-year plan, Bart Horsten talked about the concepts of face and guanxi, two of the most important values in Chinese culture. Additionally a lot of examples were giv...

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04/03/2016  l  Floralia Brussels launches new Chinese website
We are pleased to announce the new Chinese website of Floralia Brussels. Horsten International prepared the conceptual design and content of the website, intended to attract more Chinese tourists for the event to take place from April 6th until May 6th, 2016. Additionally Horsten is helping Floralia to communicate with Chinese tour operators and to be present on Chinese social media, such as Wechat and Weibo. Floralia Brussels understood the importance of more visibility in China. Chinese visit...

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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 Xi'an, Chi...

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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 commitmen...

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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, showing our de...

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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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