Les protagonistes se serrent la main, debout devant une affiche commémorative
Reception of Zhang Yechu, the Deputy Director-General of Sichuan’s Foreign Affairs Service by Jan Hoogmartens, the Belgian Ambassador to China.

Celebrating 26 years of cooperation between the Brussels-Capital Region and Sichuan Province

Brussels International organised a dinner in Chengdu, in collaboration with

Jan Hoogmartens, the Belgian Ambassador to China, made an official visit to Sichuan Province to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and China. On this occasion, Brussels International joined forces with to organise a dinner in Chengdu to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the cooperation agreement between the Brussels-Capital Region and Sichuan Province.

The two regions should have celebrated the 25th anniversary of this agreement, which has been very active in recent years, in 2020 but the event was rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After meeting with Deputy Governor Li Yunze, the Belgian delegation invited fifty guests to enjoy the best of Belgian cuisine during a dinner prepared by Belgian chefs working in Shanghai.

The speech of Pascal Smet, the Brussels State Secretary responsible for European and International Relations, was projected on a large screen, followed by a film on the Ommegang procession and a film on tourism, made by The guests also had the opportunity to sample the chocolate of Pierre Marcolini, who will soon open a shop in Chengdu.

The protagonists standing, flanked by four Belgian and Chinese people
Exchange of gifts: Jan Hoogmartens, the Belgian Ambassador to China, presents candlesticks by designer Xavier Lust to Li Yunze, the Deputy Governor of Sichuan Province.
Participants seated at round tables, facing a large screen
The projection of the film on the Ommegang procession.
Video of P. Smet raising his glass, with a view of Brussels in the background
The speech of Brussels State Secretary Pascal Smet, which was projected on a large screen.
A Chinese woman standing behind a table with boxes of chocolate
The booth of chocolate maker Pierre Marcolini.