On Wednesday 19 June 2024, Luxembourg's Ministry of State, together with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and other ministries, confirmed that Ding Xueixiang, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, will visit the Grand Duchy on Thursday and Friday this week.

Thursday 20 June

His itinerary on Thursday 20 June will include a welcome by Luxembourg's Prime Minister Luc Frieden for a working meeting to discuss bilateral relations, relations between China and the European Union as well as major international political issues.

Ding Xueixiang will then have a working meeting with Xavier Bettel, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Minister Bettel and Yuriko Backes, Minister of Mobility and Public Works, will address the 2nd Air Silk Road Forum for International Cooperation organised as part of this working visit.

The Chinese Deputy Prime Minister will also be received in audience by HRH the Grand Duke at the Grand Ducal Palace.

Friday 21 June

His programme for Friday 21 June will include meetings with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Claude Wiseler, as well as with the vice-presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, the presidents of the political groups and the president of the Foreign Affairs Committee and European Union, Cooperation, Foreign Trade and the Greater Region.

The Chinese Deputy Prime Minister will then travel to the University of Luxembourg in Esch-Belval, where he will be welcomed by the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Stéphanie Obertin, and the Rector of the University of Luxembourg, Jens Kreisel.

After a guided tour of the Confucius Institute library at the Luxembourg Learning Centre and a brief meeting with Chinese professors and students, Ding Xueixiang will visit the Möllerei building in Esch-Belval (originally built in 1910, it was used to store ore and coke for the steel industry).