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    Samenwerking | 合作

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    Ontwikkelingen | 发展

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    Werelden verbinden | 国际接轨

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    Samenwerking | 合作

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    Uitwisseling | 交流

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    Kennis | 知识

Ladies and gentlemen,

I recently read an interview with a Rotterdam-based healthcare professional who does a lot of business with partners in Shanghai. He said: ‘If the Chinese have a problem, they will travel the world to find the best solution.’

And I’m happy to say: they seem to find that solution, more and more, in the Netherlands. Take the enormous increase in Chinese investment in Dutch companies. Or the growing number of Chinese students and researchers at our universities.

The Dutch media are full of reports about Chinese activities in our country. Like the recent investment in a Dutch pension insurer and even in the football club of my own city, The Hague. It’s clear that all those sea containers full of goods travelling from Shanghai to Rotterdam are only one side of the story. People-to-people contacts are also flourishing. This has triggered a flood of knowledge, experience and ideas in all kinds of fields, sometimes in surprising areas. For instance, that healthcare professional I quoted is working with partners from Shanghai to improve care for elderly people with dementia.

And that flow of people, knowledge . . . . read more


jan booij
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