China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong gave a keynote speech at VUB campus

16 Sep 2015

On 16th September, the highest ranking female politician in China, Vice Premier Madam LIU Yandong, visited VUB and gave a keynote speech to hundreds of students, scholars, professors and external guests. This distinguished attendance took place in the context of the fortieth birthday of diplomatic relations between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. Organized by International Relations & Mobility Office of VUB, Madam LIU Yandong’s speech was a highlight during the two-day BACES conference “EU-China Think Tank Forum: EU-China 40 Years A New Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” at VUB campus. It was highly appreciated that all current Chinese students and scholars at campus were invited to warmly welcome Madam LIU’s delegation together with our Rector Paul De Knop, Vice Rector Jan Cornelis, President Eddie van Gade, and State Secretary Cecil Jodoigne at auditorium entrance.


Location: Room Aula Q-A, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels

10:40-10:45    Welcome speech by Eddy Van Gelder, Chairman of Board of Directors, VUB

10:45-11:00    BACES Think Tank Forum closing remark by:

Prof. Song Xinning, Renmin University of China

Prof. Gustaaf Geeraerts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

11:00-11:40    Keynote speech “Connecting Heart to Heart and Learning from Each Other to create a Better Future for the Chinese and European Civilisations” given by H.E. Madam LIU Yandong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (click here for the full text of the speech)

Click here for the news about the event on VUB website.

News in media: 

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chinese embassy in Belgium

China Scholarship Council

China Daily


Goverment website

CRI online

Xinhua news