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Looking ahead to the UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue 2017

Leaders from the UK and China will gather in London to set out a new vision for UK-China relations and to deepen the connections between our people.

Posted by Jian Ping Sun on Monday, 4th December 2017

The breadth and depth of UK-China cooperation will be on display this week (4-7 December) during a visit to the UK by Chinese Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong for the UK-China People-to-People (P2P) Dialogue.

Looking ahead to the China Britain Dialogue in this month, Ambassador of UK to the People’s Republic of China Barbara Woodward said,The UK-China relationship is in great shape at the moment. We have an opportunity to discuss a very wide range of people-to-people exchanges. That includes education, health, tourism, science, it includes gender issues as well, culture, and all sorts of things fall under the people to people dialogue. They’re the things that really sustain the relationship between our 2 countries.

Ambassador Woodward added, we know from our visa figures that visitors from China to the UK increased 24% last year. Student numbers from China to the UK increased 17% and that’s the really important achievement of the P2P that people are exchanging things. I think the future for the UK-China relationship is very exciting and we’ve already established a golden era in UK-China relations. We’ll see a deepening and broadening of our overlapping interests with China, and opportunities for building a very bright future together.

According to recent official’s statistics, the UK is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe and half a million people of Chinese descent live in the UK. Over 20,000 British people moved to China last year. Each year thousands of new connections are made between Chinese and British people.

China is a key business partner for the UK. Trade between the UK and China was worth nearly £60 billion in 2016, and China has the world’s largest e-commerce market, and the world’s largest car market.

The P2P Dialogue is co-chaired by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and Madame Liu. The Chinese Vice Premier will visit Edinburgh and Oxford as well as London, where she will meet senior figures and attend a variety of events. She will also meet with the Foreign Secretary to discuss a number of issues including modern slavery, women’s equality and the DPRK.

Ministers are expected to agree a range of initiatives including new joint UK-China health agreements that will further our work on a number of healthcare challenges, further collaboration on female leadership and empowerment, and strengthening existing collaboration between higher education institutions.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, The UK-China relationship is strong and continues to deliver benefits for both countries, so I am delighted to welcome Madame Liu to the UK for the People-to-People Dialogue. China and Britain are both global powers with a global outlook, and will continue to work together to solve the big issues facing our world today, build economies of the future and develop our people-to-people links.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also expected on this dialogue, I am delighted to once again co-chair the People-to-People Dialogue, which will reaffirm the strong ties between the UK and China and underline our commitment to working together to solve some of the biggest issues facing the world today. Health is a key pillar in this relationship, which is why we will be collaborating to tackle major health issues such as fighting disease and improving health outcomes for all.

Editor: Jim Michael



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