Chinese strengthen economic ties with Lincolnshire

A Chinese delegation comes to Lincolnshire today (Thursday 11th October) to sign a formal ‘sister region’ agreement between the county and China’s Hunan province – an economy worth over £385bn annually.

Representatives from the booming province, led by Mr Kemin Wang, Deputy Director of Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial People’s Congress, are visiting the county to sign a formal Lincolnshire-Hunan Sister Region agreement.

Traditionally a rice and cotton growing area, Hunan has been developing its machinery, steel, tobacco and food processing, and electronics sectors, as well as new creative industries, such as broadcasting and motion pictures.

Wang is the highest-ranking Hunan official to have visited the county, and is joined by Madam Bao Ling, Minister Counsellor of the China Embassy in London.

Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, says: “With its multi-billion pound Belt and Road Initiative, designed to strengthen connections between Asia, Africa and Europe, China is a country we need to be working with, alongside other major economies like the USA and India.

“Many county firms already have strong ties with Hunan, and we want to build on that foundation.

“We have a lot in common with Hunan, and have been working hard to build a strong relationship with the province. The signing of this sister region agreement will take things to the next level.

“I look forward to welcoming our friends to the county and showing them some of the best we have to offer during what I’m sure will be another fruitful visit.”