On January 20, the Chinese Mission to the European Union held the Chinese New Year Reception in honor of EU Officials China Study Visit in China Cultural Center in Brussels. Those in attendance included H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, representatives from the EU institutions as well as the officials who participated in the China Study Visit Program.
In her speech, H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi pointed out the significance of the framework of the China-EU High Level People-to-People Dialogue (HPPD), enabling the development of China-EU relations and promoting mutual understanding and cooperation. Over the past four years, a total of 118 EU officials have participated in the program, which has greatly enhanced their understanding of China, and allowed them to witness, first hand, China's commitment to develop China-EU exchanges and cooperation. The Ambassador hoped that the participants would continue to contribute to the promotion of mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation in their respective posts.
On behalf of the participants of the program, Mr. Roberto Carlini, Head of Unit, Recruitment and End of Service at the European Commission, presented an overview of the participants' experience in China. He first thanked the Chinese side for the excellent organization of the study visit, then he reflected on the comprehensive and practical training that they received, which allowed the participants to obtain a comprehensive and systematic understanding of China, covering a wide array of subject matters such as diplomacy, economy, trade, education, culture, etc. He described the study visit as "fruitful and worthwhile." Other EU officials attending the reception also said that the study visit helped them to better carry out their tasks in the exchange and cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.
Chinese soprano Wu Ye performed at the reception to an enthralled audience, singing both Chinese and international songs, such as "The Marriage of Figaro", "Madame Butterfly", "The Wandering Songstress" and " I Love You China".
"EU Officials China Study Visit Program" is one of the follow up actions confirmed at the first China-EU HPPD meeting in 2012 and initiated in 2013. Since then, four batches of study visits have been organized and the program has been considered one of the most successful projects under the HPPD framework.