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18/06/2019  l  Cleantech@China Workshop

On the 17th of June 2019 a workshop was organized in Leuven by 4 Flemish provinces, Cleantech Flanders and Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) to introduce the flemish initiatives to support cleantech companies with their endeavours in China.

The session started with a speech by Alice Cooman, representative of the Province of Antwerp, with a short overview of th...

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27/05/2019  l  Seminar: Get ready for the Chinese market - 7 June 2019

On Friday 7 June 2019 Bart Horsten was a keynote speaker in Brussels at a full day seminar 'Get ready for the Chinese Market', organized by in cooperation with the Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC). During this seminar Bart talked about the following two topics: (1) Social media in China and (2) Innovation in China.

This was...

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21/05/2019  l  Xian Thiebaut celebrates 20th anniversary

On the 13th of May 2019 Xian Thiebaut Pharmaceutical Packaging celebrated its 20th anniversary. Exactly 20 years ago, on 13 May 1999, the contracts between the Belgian and Chinese shareholders were signed. The succesful Sino-Belgian joint venture produces aluminium tubes for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. In the footsteps of Xian Janssen Pharmace...

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01/04/2019  l  Exportboost Food China: Interactive workshop series and trade mission to China

In cooperation with the Belgian Food Federation FEVIA, Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) and Green Seed, Horsten International organized 3 interactive China workshops and a trade mission to Shanghai and Hangzhou from 25 to 29 March 2019.

China is an economic power with a growing middle class and a strong need for imported food products. China is one of the biggest food markets in the world and already the biggest i...

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14/03/2019  l  5th Edition of the China Basics Seminar - 14 March 2019

On 14 March 2019 Horsten organized its 5th China Basics seminar at Business Center d'Offiz in Turnhout. 

During this seminar Bart Horsten introduced China's cultural foundations and talked about cultural aspects of doing business in China. Although not always visible on the surface, concepts such as face, hierarchy and guanxi still play a dominant role in China's business environment. Western companies need to understand these concepts to better familiarize with the typ...

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29/01/2019  l  Workshop 'E-commerce, Social Media and New Retail in China' - 15 February 2019

On Friday 15 February 2019 Bart Horsten was a lecturer at an afternoon workshop in Brussels at the Retail Academy, talking about E-commerce, social media and new retail in China. During this workshop Bart focused on the following topics:

  • The Chinese market today, the Chinese consumer and market entry methods.
  • A view on E-commerce market statistics.
  • Trends and opportunities in social media, E-commerce and Cross-Border E-commerce with China.
  • How...

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18/12/2018  l  New E-commerce Law in China to increase opportunities through Cross-Border E-commerce

In November 2018 the Chinese Ministry of Finance has announced a new E-commerce Law, which also includes a set of regulations affecting Cross-Border E-commerce. The new policy was introduced after Chinese president Xi Jingping pledged to boost China's imports at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, aiming to transform the country from an export-driven economy to an import-driven economy. The new E-commerce law is implemented starting from 1 January 2019 onwards.


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