North Korean forced labour in the EU, the Polish case: How the supply of a captive DPRK workforce fits our demand for cheap labour.
On the 23rd of May, an international group of experts from various research institutes in Europe gathered at the Clingendael Institute for a discussion on what consequences or opportunities an emerging relation between China and the Middle East might have for Europe.
Experts from China and the Netherlands gathered on 22 April in Haarlem to learn from each other’s experiences and to discuss the opportunities this exchange of knowledge could offer both parties.
The LeidenAsiaCentre was officially launched on 27 January. The attendees were welcomed by executive director Prof. Frank Pieke who gave a short presentation about the aims, activities and approach of the Centre. This was followed by two inspired speeches by prof. Sebastian Heilmann, Director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin (MERCIS) and professor Political Economy of China at the University of Trier, and Dr Ben Knapen, member of the Dutch Senate, respectively.
On January 8, the LeidenAsiaCentre organised its first ‘Experts Meeting’ for the project; Slaves to the system: researching North Korean forced labour in the EU.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended a meeting at Leiden University on 1 October to prepare for their state visit to China. China experts informed them about such topics as the image that Chinese people have of the Netherlands.