On 17th October we marked the ten-year anniversary of the creation of our China special interest group with a black tie and national dress dinner in the London Capital Club.
The evening began with a drinks reception in the Walbrook Grill Room followed by a lavish meal in the Oriental Room with esteemed guests.
The IoD City branch foresaw the growing importance of UK-China trade and cultural relationships and established the China group a decade ago for members interested in doing business in China and those from China based here who are interested in doing business in the UK. Our then Chairman and Lord Mayor of London, Sir David Brewer and the then Chinese Ambassador His Excellency Zha Peixin jointly launched the Group in October 2006 at a reception in the IoD hub in New Broad Street House in the City of London.
In the past 10 years UK-China relations have gone from strength to strength culminating in what is now described as the “Golden Era“ of China-UK relations, particularly following the highly successful visit of President Xi Jinping to the UK last year. Our China interest group has also developed very well and over the years has offered an interesting and varied programme of UK China related events to our members.
These have included our Annual Chinese New Year Dinner showcasing Chinese drinks, music and the traditional Lion dance. We also hold an annual House of Commons Dinner with the All Party Parliamentary China Group and we have held numerous discussion events examining topics such as education, private equity, investing in China via Hong Kong, Chindia (China and India trade issues), Chinese-ASEAN relations, networking in Mandarin and China’s succession to the WTO Procurement Agreement.
The group chair Mei Sim also led a delegation to Chengdu in 2014 while the IoD has hosted several visiting delegations from China and partnered with other UK-China and other business groups at joint events to promote positive trade relations and friendship between our two countries. We wish the group continued success.
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