The jury

The China Unlimited jury is composed by:

  • Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner  Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
  • Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of Mission of China to the European Union
  • Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament and Ambassador of the “China Unlimited” creative contest
  • Zhao Hui, Award-winning photographer
  • Ai Xuan, Award-winning painter, standing member of the Council of China Oil Painting Society
  • Wang DalongPainter, photographer and sculptor
  • Wang Chaowen, European bureau chief of Xinhua News Agency
  • Ji Tao, Reporter, China Daily European Weekly
  • Xu LiqunBureau chief of the People’s Daily in Brussels
  • Shi Jihong, Bureau chief of China Radio International Brussels
  • Ju HuiChief correspondent, China Youth Daily EU bureau
  • Franco Dragone, Founder & Artistic Director, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group


Prior to joining the European Commission, Tibor Navracsics worked in several positions within the Hungarian Government, including as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2014 and as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice in 2010-2014. He was Member of Parliament in 2006-2014. Tibor Navracsics has a background in political science and law.


Prior to his current position, Didier Reynders held several positions related to finance including Belgian Minister of Finance in 1999-2011 and Chairman of the Eurogroup in 2001. He was also Minister of Institutional Reforms in 2004 – 2011 and Minister in charge of the National Lottery, the Federal Holding and Investment Company (FHIC) and the insurance companies in 2007 – 2011. He is Member of Parliament since 1992.


Prior to her current appointment in January 2014, Ambassador Yang held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy Director of the Department of African Affairs (1983-1989), Deputy Director, First Secretary of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences (1989-1992), Counselor in the Permanent Mission of the PRC to the United Nations (1992-1996), Counselor, Deputy Director General of the Asian Affairs Department (1996-2001), Deputy Director General of the Policy Planning Department (2001-2004), and Director General of the Asian Affairs Department (2007-2010). From 2010 to 2013, she served as Assistant Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.


Eva Paunova is a Member of the European Parliament from the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Bulgarian party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB). She is part of the Delegation for relations with the People´s Republic of China to the European Parliament and Ambassador for the “China Unlimited” creative contest. Her priorities as MEP are devising effective economic and youth policies, providing support for the business and entrepreneurs, and building the Digital Single Market. This year, Eva Paunova received the “Best Newcomer MEP” prize, part of the prestigious MEP Awards 2015.  Ms Paunova is also Vice-President of the largest organisation of associations and civil societies in Europe “European Movement International” (EMI), Chairwoman of the Youth Intergroup at the EP, board member of the EPP Young Members Network and the EU40. She has a background in International Affairs and Business Administration.


Steve Zhao is a renowned Chinese photographer. His work is devoted to capturing Chinese land and people through images with a poetic style. Through various projects, he has achieved worldwide recognition, including being listed among Nikon’s “Grand Total” Top Ten Global Photographers. His celebrated “China Story” photo series has been exhibited in 38 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia..


Ai Xuan is a renowned Chinese artist and standing member of the Council of China Oil Painting Society. He has won numerous national awards and been invited to the 6th National Artworks Exhibition, the 2nd Asian Art Exhibition in Japan, the 18th International Art Festival in France, Monte Carlo International Art Exhibition in Monaco, Centennial Art Exhibition of Chinese Portrait Painting, and Centennial Art Exhibition of China. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and other countries and acquired among others by the National Art Museum of China and the Fukuoka Art Museum of Japan.


Wang Dalong is a young Chinese artist graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His artwork includes sculptures, traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, photography, and installations. From 2010-2015, his large bronze sculpture series ‘WITH YOU’ was displayed in six cities in China and the United States. His most recent sculpture, painting and installation series ‘Mirror, Mirror’ – in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II – has been displayed both in China and Belgium.

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Wang Chaowen has been working as a reporter and editor since he graduated from the Nanjing University, where he majored in foreign languages and literature in 1982. He received an award for ‘leading journalist’ in 2010 and was granted the UNEP “Special Contribution Award” in 2013.

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Ji Tao is an award-winning reporter. He is currently chief editor of the China Daily European Weekly based in London. He previously served as the US bureau chief of China Daily and assistant editor-in-chief of its Hong Kong office, as well as editor of its overseas editions at the Beijing Headquarter.

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Prior to joining the People’s Daily in Brussels, Xu Liqun worked as a reporter and photographer since 1992. She has a Master’s degree in journalism.


Shi Jihong has been working as a reporter and senior editor since 1993. She is currently Bureau chief of China Radio International in Brussels.


Ju Hui is Chief correspondent of China Youth Daily EU bureau since 2014. Previously, he worked in the US Bureau of China Youth Daily at Washington, DC.


Mr. Dragone is an ItalianBelgian theatre director. He is the founder and the artistic director of Dragone, a worldwide show and event creation company. He is known for his work with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion. Mr. Dragone was born in 1952.