Confucius Institute plays a key role in P2P

4 December 2017

The fifth annual UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue (P2P) will be held in the UK from 4 to 7 December 2017. It is the most senior UK-China dialogue in the UK this year.

Leaders from both countries will gather in London to set out a new vision for UK-China relations and to deepen the connections between the people. The People to People dialogue enhances the partnership between UK and China by promoting collaboration on issues that are important to people in both our countries, including health, education and culture.

Dr Shuangxia Sheng, the Chinese Director of Manchester CI will be attending the signing ceremony on Wednesday 6th December at the Sheldonian Theatre of Oxford University, together with UK and Chinese Directors from other 28 CIs. Chinese Vice Premier, Liu Yandong will give a speech on Depending People to People Exchange and Boosting the Development of the Era.

Looking ahead to the P2P Barbara Woodward, UK Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, 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, all sorts of things fall under the people to people dialogue. They’re the things that really sustain the relationship between our 2 countries.

“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.

The University of Manchester has received record number of Chinese students in September 2017 exceeding 4500. The establishment of Manchester China Institute, led by Professor Peter Gries, will enhance the University’s research on China and, together with the Confucius Institute, the collaboration with Chinese universities will be expanded and broadened.


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