The most carnivorous friends of Uruguayan Ambassador Rosario Portell must have thought they ' d died and gone to heaven last week - though they really only got as far as Beijing ' s Kempinski hotel .
That ' s where grills were set up in the hotel garden to put a flaming kiss on beef striploin , rib-eye steak , lamb chops and shoulder oyster lamb cuts the embassy had shipped in for the Shanghai Food Fair , where the whole entourage was headed the next day .
The Beijing preview party was co-hosted by Fernando Perez Albella , vice president of Uruguay ' s National Meat Institute .
As guests sampled the barbecue with the robust red wines of his country , Perez touted the meat ' s premium qualities : grass-fed , free-range , no hormones by law , no antibiotics by law and 100 percent traceability .
The BPU pre-cooling hall where all carcass’s spend 2 hours to remove water and excess blood
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Head of EU delegation to China Markus Ederer hosted a Europe Day reception for more than 1,000 guests on Wednesday .
May 9 has become a European symbol , along with the flag , the anthem , the motto , the single currency and the euro - all of which define the political entity of the EU .
On May 9, 1950, after two world wars consumed Europe in less than five decades , French foreign minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal for an organized Europe to maintain peace .
His proposal , known as the Schuman Declaration , is considered to be the seed for what is now the European Union .
Carcasses dried and ready for 48 hours chilling the colour of the beef is amazing
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The recent Greek movie production Mustafa ' s Sweet Dreams got enthusiastic audience reviews at a screening in the Chinese capital during the Beijing International Movie Festival .
The film , by Greek director Angelos Abazoglou , was screened at three different theaters .
Greek Ambassador to China Theodore Georgeakelos and his staff arranged a special screening at the China National Film Museum for students and professors from the Communication Art Center of Peking University .
Guests from the Turkish embassy in Beijing were also invited , since the movie was shot in Turkey .
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French voters at home handed the country ' s presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande , but the incumbent seemed more popular with his countrymen in China .
Of the more than 58 percent of eligible French citizens who voted in Shanghai , for instance , about two-thirds supported President Nicolas Sarkozy .
The findings were according to unofficial results posted on the French embassy website .
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Three Chinese students won a chance to cruise around one of Beijing ' s embassy districts with German Ambassador Michael Schaefer in the official embassy car .
The students were among about 200 young guests who signed up for Germany ' s open house this week .
The open house included a presentation on the embassy ' s work , a short piano program of Lizst arrangements of songs by Robert Schumann , competitions to compose posts for the embassy ' s micro blog and a barbecue buffet in the embassy garden hosted by Schaefer .
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Every three months , the Danish embassy in Beijing will display works by upcoming artists in its new meeting center , beginning with the current collection of paintings by Li Yiwen .
The new program means " Danish business people , politicians , diplomats , and students will get the opportunity to see what happens on the Chinese art scene ", Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen says .
Li was born in 1982 and studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts .
" My works are usually focusing on questioning reality , history and existence ," he says .
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Tim Ding , chef at the Uruguayan embassy , chats with Ambassador Rosario Portell at a tasting of that nation ' s meats and wines . Mike Peters / China Daily