The 4th China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit
The 4th China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit, hosted by Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the British Embassy in China, the British Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government, is held at the Furama Hotel by Dalian Municipal Government. Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK, sent a congratulatory letter to the conference. Tan Zuojun, member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, attended the opening ceremony. Vice Governor Chen Lvping, Mayor Tan Chengxu, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Song Jingwu and Deputy Director of the British Embassy in China Situ Na, delivered speeches. The opening ceremony was presided over by Yi Qingtao, Secretary General of the Municipal Government.
China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit was established by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the British Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government within the framework of the Sino - British Senior People's Communication Mechanism, and has successfully held three sessions so far. The theme of the three-day conference is "Establishing a Global Vision, Creating a Golden Era".
On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, Liu Xiaoming expressed his congratulations on the fourth China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit convened auspiciously in the golden month of October. He hoped that local government leaders of two countries will seize the opportunities, with a global perspective, with more proactive actions and with a greater sense of responsibility, to advance China-UK subnational cooperation in the following four aspects. First, maximise the Regional Leaders' Summit to dovetail the development strategies of our two countries and create new opportunities of growth. This Summit provides an excellent platform for the two sides to deepen understanding of each other's development strategies and dovetail relevant plans so as to create a better environment for business cooperation. Second, tap the comparative strengths of China and the UK to explore new avenues of business cooperation. The two sides could advance cooperation in energy, finance, innovation, automobile manufacturing and infrastructure development, and tap the potential of cooperation in new industries and new business models such as artificial intelligence, green economy and sharing economy. Third, initiate flagship projects to open up a new prospect of win-win cooperation. The two sides should make full use of their respective advantages to create flagship projects with local characteristics and implementing of the China-UK Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation at the subnational level. Fourth, let cultural and people-to-people exchanges give new impetus to China-UK friendship. Local governments of both countries should deepen cooperation on creative industry, tourism, art festivals and protection of cultural heritages, and enhance institutional and regular cultural, tourism and education exchanges between the regions of our two countries.
In his speech, Chen Lvping said that under the guidance of Xi Jinping's thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, Liaoning Province has continuously deepened reform and opening up, accelerated the construction of the “One Belt and Five Bases”, and deeply implemented the “Five Regional Development Strategies”, made every effort to create a province with the best business environment, and strived to become a real and leading province in the new round of comprehensive revitalization in northeast China. Liaoning will conscientiously implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important statement on the overall revitalization of northeast China in the new era, unswervingly implement the new development concept, promote high-quality development, speed up revolution in quality, efficiency and motivation, focus on building a modern economic system, and create a revitalization road featuring innovative development, transformation and high-quality development. The increasingly close economic and trade cooperation between Britain and Liaoning Province and the accelerating pace of Liaoning's revitalization and development have brought rare opportunities for deepening exchanges and cooperation between Liaoning and the UK. With the joint efforts of China and the UK, Liaoning will surely play a greater role in Sino - British regional cooperation and make greater contributions to the China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership that creates the “Golden Age”.
On behalf of the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government, Tan Chengxu welcomed the guests who participated in the summit and introduced the city's natural endowment, industrial development and opening to the world. He said that the meeting held in Dalian fully reflects the central government's strategic importance and high expectations for the Northeast region and Dalian.
The friendship between Dalian and the United Kingdom has a long history and the economic and trade cooperation has become increasingly close. The number of British investment companies in Dalian has reached 123, and the actual use of foreign capital is 1.1 billion US dollars. Dalian has successively established sister city with Glasgow City and established friendly and cooperative relations with Dresden City, Northern Ireland. The successful establishment of the Sino - British Advanced Manufacturing Industry Demonstration Park in Dalian's Huayuankou Economic Zone has opened a new chapter in the win-win cooperation between Dalian and Britain at a deeper and higher level. Dalian sincerely invites all guests to take an active part in the construction of the Sino - British Advanced Manufacturing Industry Demonstration Park. He sincerely welcomes everyone to Dalian for in-depth investigation and investment, and expressed that Dalian will provide all-round high-quality services for the continuous development of enterprises with greater sincerity, better environment and higher efficiency.
On behalf of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Song Jingwu put forward four proposals for China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit. First, adhere to the strategy and top-level design of Sino - British regional cooperation. By identifying entry points, the links between the China-UK Local Leaders Meeting and the Sino-British high-level talent exchange mechanism and the China-UK Local Trade and Investment Forum can be strengthened. Second, pay attention to both quality and quantity and make better use of the resources of China and the UK. Third, insist on serving the practical cooperation between the Chinese and British local governments and enterprises. By improving the list of key enterprises and the list of key cooperation projects, giving full play to the role of the government and the market, a bridge can be built to serve the practical cooperation between the Chinese and British local governments and enterprises. Forth, adhere to local cooperation to promote mutual understanding between China and the UK, Efforts should be made to further strengthen exchanges in education, culture, health, tourism, youth and other fields, and to lay a solid foundation of public opinion for Sino - British cooperation.
On behalf of the British government, Situ Na thanked the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries for its strong support for the meeting and for the careful arrangements made by Liaoning Province and Dalian City. She said that China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit have created a platform for full exchanges between the local governments of the two countries and brought about real economic reciprocity. It is expected that this meeting will discuss topics of common concern in depth, share successful experiences, promote exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in industries, culture, education, health care and other fields, and enhance friendship between the two peoples.
At the plenary meeting that followed, David Stirling, Head of the Civil Service of Northern Ireland, Eva Pohland, mayor of Glasgow, Dan Jarvis, mayor of Sheffield, Jonathan Nain, Speaker of Northampton City Council, Xiao Yi, Jiangxi provincial CPPCC Vice Chairman and Fuzhou Municipal Party Secretary, and relevant leaders of Shijiazhuang and Nanchang Municipal Governments delivered speeches respectively. Vice Mayor Jin Guowei attended the signing ceremony. The management committee of Huayuankou Economic Zone introduced the Sino - British Advanced Manufacturing Industry Demonstration Park. The participating Chinese and British local governments and enterprises signed memorandums of cooperation in the fields of economic and trade investment, higher education, vocational training, scientific and technological innovation and sports exchanges.
Also attending the opening ceremony and the plenary meeting were local leaders of the UK's Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England economic centers and delegations of British embassies, institutions, universities and enterprises in China, as well as representatives of some domestic provincial and municipal government departments.
Last night, Dalian hosted a reception to welcome Chinese and foreign guests attending the 4th China-UK Regional Leaders' Summit, Mayor Tan Chengxu delivered a welcome speech. Dalian Beijing Peking Opera Theatre presented a wonderful performance for the guests, showing the infinite charm of the quintessence of Chinese culture.