Leicestershire strengthens ties with China

Leicestershire’s economic and cultural links to China have been strengthened further, following a visit on Wednesday (June 19) from a delegation of government officials from China’s Sichuan province.

Hosted by Leicestershire County Council, the delegation members – headed by Mr. Deng Xiaogang, Vice Party Secretary CPC of Sichuan Provincial Committee, enjoyed an informative visit to King Richard III Centre and cathedral and an exclusive tour of Leicester City Football stadium before attending a celebration dinner with key Leicestershire business leaders.

At a time when partnerships between the UK and China are worth billions to the economy, Leicestershire continues to forge even closer links with the country. A landmark agreement to work together to boost trade and investment and bolster educational links and tourism between Sichuan and Leicestershire was launched at a special event to mark the 30th anniversary of the twinning relationship last year.

Trevor Pendleton, county council cabinet support member, said: “These are truly exciting times for Leicester and Leicestershire and its potential future relationship with one of the most significant and largest provinces in China, Sichuan.

“This visit not only recognises and celebrates our continued longstanding friendship with Sichuan, but also demonstrates our commitment to strengthen and further develop our collaborative links and economic cooperation between our two regions.

“Through improving our connectivity, growing inward investment and strengthening international trade links I’m confident we can build on our solid foundations and create even stronger links as China and Sichuan continues to expand.”