President Xi Jinping has arrived in the Netherlands, kicking off an 11-day tour across Europe. It’s the president’s first trip to Europe since taking office, and he is also the first Chinese president to visit the Netherlands since the two states established diplomatic relations in 1972.
During his stay in the country, Xi will visit the cities of Amsterdam and The Hague, and meet with various Dutch officials. He is also scheduled to attend the third Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague, where he will hold talks with the US president.
Xi Jinping’s next stop will be France. There, the Chinese president will meet his counterpart Francois Hollande and attend celebration activities to mark the 50th anniversary of China-France diplomatic ties. Xi will also visit the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The Chinese president is then expected to travel to Berlin, for a sit-down with German officials to map out the future of bilateral relations. He will also meet business leaders from China and Germany.
According CNTV, Chinese leader will end his Europe tour in Belgium. In addition to holdings discussions with senior officials there, Xi Jinping will visit the European Union headquarters in Brussels, and deliver a speech at The College of Europe in Bruges. Deals ranging from finance, energy, manufacturing and other sectors are set to be signed during each stop.
On 24 and 25 March 2014 the Netherlands will welcome 58 world leaders, 5,000 delegates and 3,000 journalists which will attend to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), the largest gathering of its kind ever held in this country.
Why the Hague ?
The International Nuclear Security Summit 2014 conference (NSS 2014) will be taking place in the World Forum in The Hague on 24 and 25 March 2014. The world leaders will be meeting to agree on measures aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism.
Thanks to the presence of many international organisations in this field in The Hague, the city enjoys an international reputation as the City of Peace and Justice. One major reason for this is the presence of the Peace Palace, the symbol of hope for a better world, as well as the International Zone where many international organisations are based, such as Europol and the OPCW, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.
Themes of NSS 2014
Reducing the amount of dangerous nuclear material in the world
Improving the security of all nuclear material and radioactive sources
Improving international cooperation
Negotiators from the countries and organizations that will participate in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) were meeting in January (13 -15) in Pattaya/Thailand for what is likely to be the final preparatory meeting ahead of the Summit in March. The delegates negotiated the final text of the declaration to be adopted at the Summit in The Hague. This declaration concerns securing nuclear material, with a view to keeping it out of terrorists’ hands.
The Netherland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte highlighted the summit’s importance at a press conference: ‘The amount of nuclear material in the world is enormous. If it falls into the hands of terrorists, the consequences could be disastrous. The international community must do everything in its power to prevent this. As chair of the Nuclear Security Summit, I am determined to make it a success. In this way, the Netherlands will contribute to a safer world.’
The Nuclear Security Summit 2014 has prompted many organizations to organize interesting events of their own. Here is just a few of them:
- On 20 February a lecture by Henk Geveke, Managing Director for Defence, Safety, and Security at TNO. He will talk about current technological developments for dealing with chemical, biological and nuclear attacks by terrorists. The lecture will be held at 16.00 hrs. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Van Stolkweg 1. There is only a limited number of places, so to register send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On 19 March the TEDx Hague Academy will be organizing a special TEDx event on the Plein. People will be talking about difficult or challenging situations that they have succeeded in using as a means of making a contribution to the future of peace and justice. You can register on the website of the TEDxHagueAcademy.
- On 23 March Border Sessions will be organizing the Nuclear Security Sessions in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall between 14.00 and 17.00 hrs., featuring literature, debates and inspirational speakers on subjects relating to the NSS. Among those present will be writer and journalist Eric Schlosser, who will be discussing his book ‘Command and Control’, and nuclear expert Joseph Cirincione, who will be talking about his perspective of the importance of the NSS. Entry is free of charge, but you must register in advance as the number of places is limited. You can register on the website of the Nuclear Security Sessions.
- The third Movies That Matter Festival will be taking place in The Hague during the NSS. Movies that Matter is the international film and debate festival about peace and justice in the international city of peace and justice.
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