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EU delegation celebrates continental culture

Updated: 2013-05-03 10:44

EU ambassador Markus Ederer is only about halfway through his tenure in Beijing, but his first two years have given him plenty to be happy about.

The EU delegation will kick off a month of "open house" events at European embassies across Beijing on May 8 for the third year — and celebrate Europe Day on May 9. Meanwhile, Ederer has just organized a China visitby Catherine Ashton, the EU high representative for security policy and foreign affairs — one of many recent high-level visits on both continents.

He has been proud to support efforts to strengthen and broaden the Sino-EU strategic partnership, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. That has included major initiatives in sustainable urbanization, water, cyber security and defense.

In the middle of all that, Ederer also married his longtime sweetheart — Beate Grzeski, the economic counselor at the German embassy — in a ceremony on the Great Wall.

Reporter: Mike Peters

Videographer: Cong Ruiting & Sun Tianyuan

Video: Cong Ruiting

Photographer: Wu Chuanjing

Producer: Flora Yue