Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More From China

After a not so pleasant start due to a cancelled flight, cancelled events in Hongkong and the first engagements in Shenzhen, the Economic Mission is now right on schedule. The second and third day led the Hereditary Grand Duke, Jeannot Krecké - I'm sure you know by now which ministry he is running - and the rest of the delegation to Chongqing.

Day 2

But before going to the big city in Southwest China, the delegation stayed in Shenzhen for a bit longer to visit the Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park (SHIP) I know, I already did write about it in the last post but that was due to a little bit of caption-confusion. To be precise: they visited SHIP on the 18th of this month; at the Park the delegation focused their interest on Mindray. The company is China's largest medical equipment manufacturer and exports their goods to more than 190 countries.

Afterwards, the Hereditary Grand Duke and his companions made their way to Chongqing where Guillaume met with the vice-mayor who you can see in the third picture above; well, at least according to the Cour Grand-Ducale because according to Wort the gentleman next to the world's only Hereditary Grand Duke is Dr. Johnson Li, the governor of the Banan District, Chongqing.

However it was (I tend to believe la cour, the 'why' comes later)... During the meetings it was settled that, in the future, Cargolux - the Cargo airline from Luxembourg - will not only approach the airports in Shanghai and Hongkong but also the one in Chongqing making the city their third destination in the People's Republic of China.

You might not now this but Luxembourg's Findel Airport is europe's 5th busiest airport when it comes to Cargo tonnage; worldwide it ranks on place 28 just between the international airports in Doha and Kuala Lumpur. What looks like a really fancy children's toy on the second picture below, actually is a miniature edition of the local airport which the delegation visited.

Day 3

On the third day of the Economic Mission the delegation stayed in economic center of the Upstream Yangtze area, and met with aforementioned governor of the Banan District in the early morning, and now to the reason why I think that the picture of Guillaume with the other gentleman show the vice-mayor. Your, mine and everyone's favourite Hereditary Grand Duke is wearing a blue tie in the picture;he met the vice-mayor on Tuesday, while he met the governor on Wednesday, but looking at the other pictures Guillaume didn't wear a blue tie on Wednesday... Got it!?

And in case you haven't guessed by now that the visits of the Economic Missions aren't just for fun or because they like to travel to as many places as possible during a as short time as possible, the Lux Ministry for Economy and Foreign Trade announced some promising news. A third Chinese major bank has shown interest in the financial center Luxembourg. According to Wort, the yet unknown bank is either interested in a joint venture or a share deal with a Luxembourgish bank.

A few more pictures of the activities are available on the official website. Unfortunately, it does seem as if the Chinese news agencies aren't too interested in the visit which is a shame in my humble opinion, not only because it means that we get fewer pictures...

Next and last stop: Shanghai.

Sources: Cour Grand-Ducale,, Wort, Chongqing News

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