MEDIA RELEASE: Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss China-UK relations

Chinese Ambassador to the UK HE Liu Xiaoming will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing

Chinese Ambassador to the UK HE Liu Xiaoming will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing.

MEDIA RELEASE: Chinese Ambassador to the UK to discuss China-UK relations

30/07/15

Media Release

LONDON, UK: Chinese Ambassador to the UK H.E. Liu Xiaoming will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing on Wednesday 5 August to discuss China-UK relations.

The briefing will take place ahead of the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the UK in October this year. The last State Visit by a Chinese leader to the UK was 10 years ago when Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao visited in November 2005. Between 2005 and 2014 China has seen an average gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 7.55 per cent.

2015 is an important year for UK-China relations. As well as Xi’s visit later this year, HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited Beijing earlier this year, the UK joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the first UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange was launched to strengthen existing relationships between the two countries and establish new links between individuals, governments and organisations across the creative industries.

Earlier in July, the Chinese Embassy in the UK launched its own social media platforms for the first time – a Facebook page and an official WeChat account. The aim of the new accounts is to improve China-UK relations, engage with young people to lay the groundwork to create future bilateral ties, as well as to enhance the consular, visa and other services offered to Chinese nationals and people travelling to China who are in the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the UK is committed to strengthening relations with China and is ready to make joint efforts with China to ensure positive results from bilateral high-level exchange of visits between the two countries. Agreements have also been made to encourage the implementation of major investment projects. The UK is currently the main investment destination for Chinese companies and China’s direct investment in UK totalled $40 billion by the end of 2014.

HE Liu Xiaoming is a career diplomat and has served in numerous postings around the world: as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy in Washington from 1998 to 2001; Ambassador to Egypt 2001-2003; and Vice Minister in the Office of the Foreign Affairs Leading Group of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 2005-2006. Prior to his present appointment, from 2006 to 2009 he served as Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The private briefing with Ambassador Liu will take place on Wednesday 5 August.

For press enquiries please contact Lucy Tomlinson on lucy.tomlinson@asiahouse.co.uk or 0207 307 5451.

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