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Belgian prime minister cancels visit to China — Chinese foreign minister

March 23, 10:50 UTC+3 BEIJING
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was supposed to take part in the Boao Forum for Asia and to pay an official visit to Beijing on March 25
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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel

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BEIJING, March 23. /TASS/. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has cancelled his visit to China after Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV as saying on Wednesday.

"The Belgian prime minister planned to take part in the forum in Boao (Hainan Province in China’s south). As I learned, he will probably not be able to come. We understand this," Wang said.

"Of course, we condemn any forms of terrorist activities and convey our condolences to Belgium," he added.

The foreign minister said he does not have any information yet on whether Chinese citizens were killed or injured in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel planned to take part in the Boao Forum for Asia. After that, he planned to pay an official visit to Beijing on March 25.

A series of terrorist attacks hit the Belgian capital on Tuesday morning. According to the latest reports, the death toll in three bombings in Brussels has risen to at least 34, and more than 230 are injured.

Belgium hiked its terror threat to its highest level (level 4) and closed the borders.

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