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China Arrives in the UK

Last night Chinese Trade Minister, Bo Xilai addressed a dinner of the China-Britain Business Council [1]in London. His appearance followed last week’s visits from Hong Kong (and Shenzhen) that included events by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council [2]and the Chief Executive, and was in advance of President Hu Jintao’s arrival in the UK for a state visit.

Minister Bo was relaxed and confident (following his trip to Brussels – and a shopping expedition to Harrods) as he impressed the business audience with statistics on China’s growth and development, such as:

He stressed that UK businesses were addressing less than a quarter of the opportunity available and especially invited entrepreneurs to enter the market. He also noted that all the toys at Harrods seemed to be…made in China.

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