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.