UK Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a Chinese New Year reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog and the deepening links between the UK and China.
During a speech at the event, the Prime Minister acknowledged the enormous contribution of the Chinese community to British life. The Prime Minster made special mention of James Wong from Birmingham, a recipient of the UK’s Points of Light award. The Points of Light award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their community as a volunteer. Wong helped stage the UK’s largest Chinese New Year Festival celebrations in Birmingham.
Prime Minster May also spoke of her recent visit to China, saying that it has strengthened the ‘Golden Era’ of UK-China relations. The Prime Minister was accompanied on her trip by a delegation of 50 business leaders. An outcome of the visit was that the two countries signed commercial deals worth more than nine billion pounds (13.26 billion US dollars). The Prime Minister said the UK is committed to build on the progress made in recent years to deepen UK-China relations.
The reception was attended by the Chinese ambassador to the UK and other distinguished guests from UK and China.
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The 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.
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