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Yang Xiong Meets Belgian Ambassador

    On 26 August, Mayor Yang Xiong met with the delegation led by Michel Malherbe, Belgian Ambassador to China, at City Hall.

    Yang said that Shanghai and Belgium boast long-term friendly relations. Chinese-Belgian joint ventures, such as Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, created at the beginning of Chinas reform and opening up, have made important contributions to Shanghai’s economic and social development. Since this year marks the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Shanghai and Antwerp, two cities will organize celebrations and sign a new memorandum of cooperation, in order to further the friendly exchanges between Shanghai and Belgium by enhancing the sister city cooperation. China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has been launched almost one year ago and achieved some initial results. Reforms and opening up in various sectors, such as investment management, trade regulation and finance, are being implemented in the Zone to facilitate investment and trade, and to create an international and market-oriented business environment based on rule of law. He hopes that Belgian businesses will actively participate in the development of the Free Trade Zone, and offer their opinions and advices from the companies’ point of view. Apart from the fruitful cooperation in business and trade, he also hopes that Shanghai and Belgium will seize the opportunity of the establishment of Chinese Culture Center in Brussels to expand the exchange and cooperation in other areas such as culture, education and art.

    Malherbe said that China-Belgium friendly cooperation has kept on developing during recent years. Shanghai is the region hosting most of the business activities of the Belgian companies in China, and they follow with great interest all the new measures of reform and opening up implemented in the Free Trade Zone. They are ready to share the growth opportunities by deepening understanding and participating in the development of the Zone.