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Ambassador Zhang Jun Meets with Families of Renowned Sinologist Mr. Robert Hans van Gulik

2011/05/05

On May 4, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun met with families of renowned Dutch sinologist Mr. Robert Hans van Gulik (also known as Gao Luopei in China), namely his sons Willem, Pieter, Thomas and his daughter Pauline. While speaking highly of Mr. Gulik's contribution to the promotion of cultural exchanges between the west and the east, Zhang stressed that with increasing mutual political trust, fruitful economic cooperation and deepening cultural and people-to-people exchanges, current Sino-Dutch relationship was faced with good momentum for further development. Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Netherlands and both sides are preparing to hold a series of celebrating events. Zhang hoped that as families of Mr. Gulik, they could play a positive role in promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and the Netherlands.

Mr. Robert Hans van Gulik, born in Zutphen, the Netherlands in 1910, was a highly educated sinologist, orientalist, writer and career diplomat. He used to be posted at Dutch Embassy in China during the WWII, later Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia and then Ambassador to Japan. He was of high attainment in oriental, in particular Chinese culture, and was best known for his work of The Judge Dee mysteries.

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