It might be snowing in the UK, but bilateral relations between Britain and China look warmer than ever.
A fifth high-level People-to-People Dialogue between the UK and China has led to the signing of 10 key agreements.
The “P2P Dialogue” (honestly, who comes up with these names?), an annual event with dignitaries from China and the UK, aims to promote collaboration in areas like health, education, culture, science and innovation, tourism and sport.
One such agreement, announced by UK Heritage Minister John Glen, was for a “Wall to Wall” collaboration between Hadrian’s Wall (73 miles) and the Great Wall of China (bigger than 73 miles), to strengthen international heritage partnerships and tourism. Top marks to whoever came up with the Wall to Wall idea – or should that be W2W?
NEWS: Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China to sign unique agreement as @JohnGlenUK launches new #HeritageStatement on #HeritageDay https://t.co/1JcbdhVPGW #UKChinapeople2people 🇬🇧🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/Z8y2JKWD1K
— DCMS (@DCMS) December 5, 2017
But while the walls are symbols of the past (as majestic as they are), the future belongs to the young.
— Matthew Knowles 马旭宁 (@mattinshanghai) December 7, 2017
Education Secretary Justine Greening announced that the Generation UK-China scheme will be expanded to give twice as many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to take up internships in China from 2018.
Launched by the British Council in 2013, Generation UK – China aims to help students from the UK boost their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects, and develop a global mindset through study and work experience opportunities in China.
It’s exciting news indeed that young people from less represented backgrounds have the opportunity to travel further than they’d imagined.