November 25, 2016
Chinese Cultural Center officially opened in The Hague
The Hague, November 24th – Today the Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) in The Hague was officially opened by Ding Wei, Chinese Vice Minister of Culture, and Marjan Hammersma, Director-General of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The center will offer educational programs and activities and aims to strengthen cultural ties between China and The Netherlands.
Photo : Karsten Klein (Deputy Mayor of The Hague); Marjan Hammersma (Director-General of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) ; Ding Wei (Chinese Vice Minister of Culture), Zhang Jinghua (Vice Governor of the Chinese province of Jiangsu) and Wu Kun (Chinese Ambassador in The Netherlands). Photographer: © Daniel Verkijk
The first steps towards realizing the establishment of CCC were made in 2014 during an official singing ceremony in the Catshuis in The Hague. Both the Chinese President Xi Jingping and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that day. China is one of Holland’s most important trade partners. The CCC, founded by the Chinese government, aims to increase the mutual understanding between both cultures and to accordingly boost trade activities.
The CCC is situated in the center of The Hague, near China town, and covers over 1400 square meters. The location will be used for exhibitions, music and dance performances, art, literature, martial arts and to get accustomed with the Chinese cuisine. The activities of CCC will be carried out by the Chinese company Jiangsu Soho Holdings Group Co., Ltd. This company specializes in cultural art management, investment, trade, and real estate business.
After speeches of Vice Minister Ding Wei, Zhang Jinghua (Vice Governor of the Chinese province of Jiangsu), H.E. Wu Kun (Chinese Ambassador in The Netherlands) and Director-General Hammersma, the Deputy Mayor of The Hague Karsten Klein underlined the importance of the center for the city:
“There are an estimated 10,000 Chinese people living in The Hague. With the most concentrated Chinese community in the Netherlands, The Chinese Cultural Centre in The Hague seems a logically fit. It can make a significant contribution to the Sino-Dutch cultural exchange and can help to further strengthen the relations between our countries, also on an economic level.”
Photo: Deputy Mayor Karsten Klein speeching during the opening of the Chinese Culture Center in The Hague on November 24th, 2016.
H.E. Wu Ken: “The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The City of The Hague, Steenworp Vestigingsadviseurs and the WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA) all contributed to the settlement of the Center, for which I am very grateful.”
The Dutch center is not the first of its kind. Since 1980, over 25 similar centers have been established all of over the world. The Chinese ministry aims on expanding their presence to 50 centers by 2020.