Prince & Princess of Asturias's Official Visit to China: July 12-14, 2006

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New Institute Cervantes in Pekin.

The Prínicpes of Asturias there will inaugurate the Institute Cervantes of Pekin, the 1 º center that is opened in China and one of the biggest of the net, next Friday, the 14th of July.

With his more than 3.000 square meters in a central building of six floors, the headquarters of Pekin will be one of the biggest of the Institute. It will have a score of classrooms to teach Spanish, room of exhibitions, lounge of acts and library, which will take the name of the writer Antonio Machado.
Asia is a continent of prior performance for the Cervantes, where it has foreseen to open headquarters in, at least, the cities of Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai in the next two years. At present it is present in Manila, New Delhi, Jakarta, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur.

On the occasion of the inauguration, there will be celebrated from July 12 to July 18 widely program of cultural activities that includes the exhibition " Labyrinth of museums ", round tables on art and on literature, representations of dance and musical spectacles.

Source, Europa Press. Pic Instituto Cervantes

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The Princes of Asturias, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, will travel to Shanghai and Beijing, from next Wednesday through Friday, in order to inaugurate the first Cervantes Institute in China.

The Princes of Asturias will travel firstly to the economic and financial Chinese center, before flying to the capital, informed today the embassy of Spain in China.

On Friday, they will inaugurate the 58th Cervantes Institute; the first one to be inaugurated in China. It has 3 000 square meters of a surface, distributed in six floors, what makes it one of the greatest Institutes in the world.

The embassy did not give further details on the visit, which will be communicated by the Royal House.

More than one hundred Spanish companies will look for investment opportunities in Shangai, within the Forum of Investments and Hispanic-Chinese Enterprise Cooperation that will take place days next July 13th and 14th. ´

The meeting will be inaugurated by the Princes of Asturias, along with the minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, the Secretary of State of Tourism and Commerce, Pedro Mejía, the executive vice-president of the ICEX, Angel Martín Acebes, and many Chinese authorities.

During the forum, they more than seven hundred business meetings shall be celebrated between the 111 Spanish and the more than 400 Chinese companies, in order to evaluate strategic alliances and possibilities of commercial collaboration or investment.
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The Princes of Asturias travel tomorrow to Pekin to inaugurate the headquarters of the Institute Cervantes

The Princes of Asturias will come tomorrow to China to inaugurate the headquarters of the Institute Cervantes in Pekin and a Forum of Investments and Managerial Cooperation in Shangai, beside supporting you interview with Chinese leaders to the highest level.

Don Felipe and Dona Letizia, that they will make the trip to last hour of this evening, will be accompanied in their visit of three days to the Asian country - during which they will end up firstly at Shangai and later at Pekin - for the minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Angel Moratinos, and the secretary of State of Trade and Tourism, Pedro Mejía.

After coming to Shangai, the Princes will receive the Spanish collectivity and the attendees of the Forum of Investments and of Managerial Cooperation, which on the following day there will inaugurate the Inheritor of the Wreath, accompanied of his wife, Doña Letizia
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Princes of Asturias will inaugurate in Beijing Insituto Cervantes

Princes of Asturias will arrive tomorrow at China to inaugurate the seat of the Cervantes Institute in Beijing and a Forum of Investments and Enterprise Cooperation in Shangai, besides to upper maintain interviews with Chinese leaders at the level.
Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, that will behind schedule undertake the trip to last hour of today, will be accompanied in their visit from three days to the Asian country - during which they will saturate later first in Shangai and in Beijing by the minister of Outer Subjects, Miguel Angel Moratinos, and the Secretary of State of Commerce and Tourism, Pedro Mejía.
Nothing else to arrive at Shangai, the Princes will receive to the Spanish colectivity and the assistants of the Forum of Investments and Enterprise Cooperation, that on the following day will inaugurate the Heir of Corona, accompanied by its wife, Doña Letizia.
Someone knows if there is an official farewell in the airport before they go away to China.?
As when they went in official trip to brasil, before, there was an official farewell.

Thanks in Advance
Paty said:
Someone knows if there is an official farewell in the airport before they go away to China.?
As when they went away to brasil, before there was an official farewell.

Thanks in Advance

Is I know Paty, there is an official farewell only inthe case of Official State Visite. If I had understood very well it's quieta commercial and cultural trip but not a State Visite as the Princes did in Hungary or in in Brasil. Please, if I'm wrong, correct me.
The Institute Cervantes inaugurates his cultural labor in China
The Spanish Lenguage goes behind the Frenchman and the German and is considered " minority language "

The new Institute Cervantes of Pekin, with the major one sedates of the world, it initiates today his cultural program. The opening of this institution is the most solid bet that Spain does in this country, in many years. The aim is that the Spanish language stops having the position, marginal and anomalous, that today has in China. The moment is very propitious and the interest of China for Latin America, the key.

At 48 hours of the official inauguration, at the expense of the Prince of Asturias, in the library of the flaming Institute Cervantes of Pekin there is a young men's considerable trajín unpacking and placing books in the shelves. " In China 48 hours are an eternity ", the director of the center jokes Inma Gonzalez Puy, 20 years resident in China. The essential furniture already is. Some details are absent, terminuses of computer for connecting and many boxes that to unpack, but the way of working of here - the big works are in the habit of ending before term - almost it reduces emotion to against the clock.

Spain spends a lot of money in his projection in China. Generally very much protocol to account of the exchequer and debatable results, but this one is surely, the most solid bet in many years, not in the cultural area, but in general. The industry of the cultural projection is born in Spain, but it has the wind to favor and an enormous matter in China.

Pic of Intituto Cervantes In Pekin. Source/ La Vanguardia
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i'm waiting for the news too. the weather's rather inclement in this part of the world so i hope the event pushes through without a problem. i saw footages on TVE and the Instituto Cervantes in Peking looks swanky! :)
On the occasion of the inaguration by TRH Princes Of Asturias of the Institute Cervantes in Pekin, I put this Link, for those members of TRF, who want to know about this Spanish Institution.

Probably there are people who wonders what it is, and to whom one dedicates this institution.There are a lot of Institute Cervantes centers in the world, so may be is the time to learn Spanish?.;)

In English

And, in this Link are more lenguages availables.

Enjoy it!!
I do not know at what time is the act but I think that one should have foto soon because it y 6 hours in more in China
Princes Asturias come to China in intense visit three days.

The Princes of Asturias came to Shanghai (China) at 10.00 hours of Spain, accompanied of the minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Angel Moratinos, for a visit of three days, in which they will support an intense political, economic and cultural agenda.

In Pudong's airport they were got by the Chinese assistant directors of Europa Occidental of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Lu Haixing, and that of the Office of Exteriors of the Municipality of Shanghai, Fu Jihong, as well as by the ambassador of Spain before Pekin, Jose Pedro Sebastián of Bristles, and the consul of the city, Alejandro Alvargonzález.

Afoot of the steps of the plane of the Air Force that they brought from Madrid, the Princes received a few branches of magnolias, symbol of Shanghai, which there delivered them two children of the college Children Palace, who habitually donate this way the foreign agents chief executive who visit China.

On the evening in Shanghai the Prince will be got by the mayor, Han Zheng, and later Don Felipe and Dona Letizia will offer a receipt to the Spanish collectivity, in which also the attendees will be to the Forum.

The stay of Don Felipe and Dona Letizia in the Asian country - that includes also Pekin - answers to the personal invitation of the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, dealed in 2004 during a technical stop that the Asian agent chief executive realized in Canaries.
Felipe and Letizia, princes of Asturias, initiate visit to China 12 of Julio of 2006, 04:51am ET the BEIJING, Jul 12 (AFP) - the heir of the throne of Spain, prince Felipe de Borbón, and their Letizia wife initiated Wednesday a visit from three days to China consecrated to the economy and the culture in Shanghai, the economic and financial center of the country, announced the Spanish embassy. The princess and the prince will remain Wednesday and Thursday in Shanghai, where Felipe will be received by the mayor, Is Zheng, before traveling to Beijing, where they will finish his visit, according to the program communicated by the legation. Prince Felipe will inaugurate Thursday in Shanghai a "Forum of investments and enterprise cooperation", before having supper in Beijing, that same day, with the representatives of the great Chinese companies. The same Thursday will meet with the minister of Commerce, Bo Xilai. The commercial deficit of Spain with China surpassed the 7,000 million euros in 2005, according to Spanish numbers. Friday, Felipe will entrevistará itself in Beijing with prime minister, Wen Jiabao, after inaugurating the first Cultural Center Spanish Cervantes in China, 58º of that institution, with a surface of 3,000 m2 and six floors, one of the greater ones of the network. The heir of the throne of Spain and his wife will be entertained with a lunch Friday by the organizing committee of the Olympic Games of 2008 and its president, Liu Qi.
Did they take Leonor to China or she stay at home?
No Pics for the moment:( :eek:

Prince Asturias condemns atacks in Bombay with almost 200 dead men
The Prince of Asturias condemned today in Shanghai (China) the yesterday atacks in Bombay (India), in which they died near 200 persons and more of 600 they were hurt for seven bombs that exploded in crammed trains.

Don Felipe repudiated the terrorism in the speech that he declared in the receipt that offered this evening to the Spanish collectivity in China, where it came today accompanied from the Princess of Asturias for a visit of three days, in which also they will travel to Pekin together with the minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Angel Moratinos.
In his words, the Prince of Asturias dedicated his ' moved and sincere condolences to the families of the victims and desires of recovery of the injured men '.

The stay of the Princes takes place in one of the best moments of the relations between China and Spain, according to diplomatic sources.

The Wreath wants to support this way the exchanges, principally political and economic, and to spread the languages and national cultures in the Asian giant, across the first one Cervantes sedates of the Institute in Pekin.
In his intervention before the collectivity, Don Felipe was grateful for the work and the projects of the Spanish who are in China, a country ' so determinant and relevant for the future of the world ', and more concretly to the residents in Shanghai, one of the most complex and competitive markets of the planet.

At the receipt there were present approximately 700 of almost 1.800 resident Spanish in China, as well as a nourished representation of 111 SMEs Spanish women who will take part in the Forum of Investments and Managerial Cooperation - close to to more than 400 Chinese businessmen-, that tomorrow in the first hour the Princes will inaugurate in Pekin.
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mapian said:

TRH the Princes of Asturias shall start their activities in Shanghai, where they will land in the begining of the afternoon of July 12th . After the arrival, the Prince shall go to the City Hall of Shanghai, in order to meet the Mayor, Mr. Jan Zheng. Later, the Prince and Princess of Asturias will offer a reception to the Spanish community and to the assistants to the Forum of Investments and Enterprise Cooperation, in the Hyatt Hotel.

On Thursday, July 13th, Don Felipe he will inaugurate the Forum of Investments and Enterprise Cooperation in the Hyatt Hotel. After that, TRH will go to the International School of Chinese-European Business (CEIPS), where an collaboration agreement between CEIPS and the Spanish Institute of Exterior Comerce will be signed (ICEX). Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, are then going to visit the headquarters of the Center and have lunch. Once their stay in Shanghai is concluded, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia will travel to Beijing, where they will end the second day having dinner with representatives of the main Chinese companies, in the Hotel St. Regis.

The activities of Friday, July 14th , will begin with the inauguration of the Cervantes Institute of Beijing, and it will be followed by a lunch offered by the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games 2008 of Beijing (BOCOG) at the Grand Beijing Hotel. In the evening, Don Felipe will meet the Prime Minister of China, Mr. Wen Jiabao, in the Zhongnanhai. After the meeting, an official welcome ceremony will take place, with Military Honours, in the Square of Tiannamen. After that, HRH the Prince of Asturias will have an official meeting with the Vice-president of China, Mr. Zeng Quinghong, who later will offer a banquet, in honor of the Princes. The last activity in China will be the attendance to the spectacle performed by the Spanish dance company Gelabert & Azzopardi, organized by the Cervantes Institute, in the Poly Theatre.

London Features' thumbnails from the arrival in Shanghai:
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From the meeting with the Mayor Mayor Jan Zheng:
thanks for the pictures.... it is such a pleasure see them... I like a lot the white outfit... and the dress I loved it the first time and now to... Great gesture that the prince condemn the atacks
Did they travel in a commercial airline or a private plane? Letizia looks beautiful in white!!
Hola has the same photos as Terra, so I'm just putting the article...

The royal visit to China (the second one for Don Felipe, who had already travelled to this country in 2000, and the first of his wife) began today in the evening (Spanish hour), in the airport of Pudong, Shanghai, where the Princes were received by the ambassador of Spain, Jose P. Sebastián de Erice and other representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Although this trip to the Asian country responds to the invitation made two years ago by the Chinese president, the Princes won't meet Hu Jintao, since the head of the executive is attending the G-8 assembly, in Russia, this weekend.

Tomorrow, Thursday, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia will inaugurate, along with the minister of Foreign Affairs, the Forum of Investments and Hispanic-Chinese Enterprise Cooperation, which is one of the most important forums organized by Spain.

After attending this enterprise meeting, the Princes of Asturias shall visit the Chinese School of European Entreprise (CEIBS), which aims to be one of the most important schools in Asia.

Once this stay in Shanghai is concluded, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia will travel to Beijing, in order to have dinner with the representatives of the most important companies of the country, in a hotel of the capital.

Finally, the activities of Friday will start for Don Felipe and Doña Letizia with the inauguration of the headquarters of the Cervantes Institute in the Chinese capital, destined to become a true motor for the projection of the Spanish language and culture in China. This is the greatest Cervantes Institute in the world, with 23 classrooms and one library with more than 20 000 books, which will be named after Antonio Machado.

This way, the Crown tries to support the cultural, political and economic interchanges of Spain with the Asian giant; a country, which is the most populated in the world (with 1 300 million inhabitants) and the fourth world-wide economic power.
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Does anybody know if, after this visit to China, the princes will start their summer vacation or will they have more acts this month?
I think that they have to work at least another week
Mari_* said:

Me too and the too kind way of Felipe's taking of Letizia, both so young but protective.

Even this trip is very hard because it's busy in a shorter time, it will be very instructive and changing the scene for them. As I think that Letizia didn't lost quiet all her journalist reflexes, she could to be a good observator during those few days and to help her husband to sumerize this trip. Good job, I'm sure :)
Isn't the white color a color of mourning in China or this apply only to Japan?.

I'm a little bit confused, honestly.
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