In Guangdong, UK minds the gap

Where the Americans seem unwilling to tread, the British seem keen to go boldly forth. On Tuesday this week, in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2’s 93rd birthday, the UK Consul General in Guangzhou announced that the UK will continue to cooperate with China – especially in the Greater Bay Area – in foreign trade and investment.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the “’ice-breaking trip” of China-UK trade, and since then, Guangdong has been the UK’s largest trade partner among all Chinese provinces. In the first four months of this year, trade between the two was USD5.3 billion (approximately GBP4.17 billion), up 8% year-on-year, which accounted for more than 20% of the total trade value between China and the UK. Last year, it was GBP68.5 billion, up 2.29% ypear-on-year.

Under the GBA masterplan, the UK will further cooperate with China to encourage  technological innovations, construct smart cities, and optimize the trade environment. The British Consulate General in Guangzhou will also hold events concerning sustainable development later this year. And in stark contrast to their cousins across the Atlantic, the UK is also welcoming Chinese talents to the UK with working visas, including the newly-introduced Start-up Visa and Innovator Visa which were made available this year.

Read more in Chinese.