BRUSSELS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) – A conference aimed at strengthening economic cooperation and bilateral investment between Shenzhen, a city in southern China’s Guangdong Province, and Belgium was held in Brussels on Tuesday.
Up to 150 representatives of European and Belgian institutions, professional associations, investment and finance institutions, companies and universities attended in person and online the “2021 Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference Brussels Session ”.
Besides the main venue in Shenzhen, parallel sessions, organized by the European office in Shenzhen, are held in Brussels, Paris and London.
Xu Zhengbing, economic and trade advisor for the Chinese mission to the EU, told the conference that China had become the EU’s largest trading partner for the first time last year. “This year, China-EU bilateral trade has shown double-digit growth,” he said.
He also noted that Shenzhen is at the forefront of China’s reform and opening up, and the city has created a “miracle” of economic development over the past four decades.
Bernard Dewit, President of the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce said: “This (2021) is an important year since we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and China.
Jian Zheng, deputy director of the Shenzhen Municipality Trade Bureau, said in a video, “On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belgium, we look forward to further strengthening the exchanges and cooperation with Belgium in the fields of innovation and development, cooperation of talents, transport and logistics, in order to obtain additional advantages, information sharing and win-win cooperation . ”