Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, China

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The Head of Mission (Ambassador) and Deputy Head of Mission are in charge of the Embassy and the diplomatic network.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands has three representative agriculture offices in China: at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing and at the Consulates-General in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Since the end of 2007 the Economic Affairs Unit has been joined by a customs attaché. He contributes to further intensifying the bilateral working relationship that exists between the Dutch and Chinese Customs Administrations since 1991. Training of customs officers (especially in the field of management) is an important item within this relationship.

The Economic and commercial section has two main goals: promoting Dutch exports to China and facilitating the effective and profitable operations of Dutch investments in China.

The Health, Welfare and Sport Department provides information about, advises on and facilitates in the broad domain of (public) health, welfare and sports. The department focuses on developments in the Chinese health system.

The Infrastructure and Environment team in China acts as a liaison office for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and maintains close contacts with the various ministries, affiliated organisations, NGOs and research institutes active in the field of transport, infrastructure, water and environment. This mainly involves bilateral cooperation and knowledge innovation in the ministries' focus sectors.

There is a liaison officer for the Dutch police at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing. His main tasks are to maintain relations with the Chinese police forces, to promote exchange of information between Chinese and Dutch police forces when it comes to combating transnational organised crime, terrorism and to advise Dutch authorities in this field.

The Dutch government is actively involved in cultural exchanges between the Netherlands and China. The Netherlands Embassy and the Consulates-General therefore organise various events throughout the year.

In China, Dutch consular services are available at the Embassy in Beijing, and the Consulates-General in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Some services are only offered by the Embassy.

The defence attaché is the highest appointed representative of the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Army, the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the Royal Military Police in the People's Republic of China.

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has a long-standing history of over 30 years of exchange and collaboration with China in the fields of education and science. The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has posted an Education Counsellor at the Embassy in Beijing to support the education and science collaboration and partnerships between China and the Netherlands.

The Immigration and Naturalization Department (IND) of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is represented in the Embassy of Beijing and the consulate in Guangzhou by an Immigration Liaison Officer (ILO).

Dutch companies pay a growing interest in possibilities for business expansion in Mongolia. The countries offers many opportunities in sector such as financial and B2B services, environmental technology, agriculture and logistics.

The main task of the Political Department is to represent Dutch political interests to the Chinese government. Furthermore, the Political Department informs the Dutch government about developments in the Chinese foreign and domestic policy, the human rights situation and other relevant political and social developments in the People’s Republic of China. The department manages the Human Rights Fund for China and is the Embassy’s point of contact for press affairs.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation has stationed ‘Netherlands Offices of Science and Technology’ (NOST) in several cities over the world, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.