Jeremy Hunt did well to think of flowers and chocolate for his wife (‘Mrs H’) this week.
In Paris choosing some flowers to bring back to Mrs H pic.twitter.com/iGzWyj0oOA
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 31, 2018
As many of us know, the new Foreign Secretary made an unfortunate slip of the tongue when meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing. We’ve all been there…though perhaps not before powerful statespeople.
More relevant, though not quite so fun, was the meatier stuff discussed during the 9th China-UK Strategic Dialogue. The two sides agreed to expand cooperation in new industries and new business ‘forms’ including artificial intelligence, green energy and the digital economy.
There’s been strong interest recently in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – an umbrella term that means all sorts of things that will likely change our lives, as had the smartphone and internet era previously. Both the UK and China, among other nations, are leading the way in this new wave of innovations and have complementary abilities.
So the message is increasingly clear: if you specialise in high-end stuff like AI, robotics and renewables, now’s your time – as demonstrated by February’s mega-deals between British and Chinese companies.
One of this year’s deals was with the world’s second biggest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei – a whopping £3 billion agreement. This week the Shenzhen-based manufacturer saw the arrival of 50 participants from the UK in its Seeds for the Future training programme.
The global programme, now in its third year, includes the involvement of STEM students from the UK’s leading universities, who will be in China for one month to gain work experience.
Some of the most talented STEM students in the UK will depart this week for Shenzhen for a month long Huawei training programme, so we are throwing it back to the amazing cohort from last year! #Development #ICT #SeedsForTheFuture #classof2018 pic.twitter.com/1gD9NeutO7
— HuaweiUK (@HuaweiUK) July 23, 2018
A warm welcome to China for the 50 participants in this year's ‘Seeds for the Future’ programme, a collaboration between #GenUKChina and @Huawei that is now in its third year and enables UK STEM students to gain work experience in one of China’s most dynamic and exciting sectors. pic.twitter.com/wS7AIhUam7
— BritishCouncil China (@cn_British) August 1, 2018