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Cardiff hosts Chinese Ambassador

21 March 2011

CHINA 2 WEB(left to right) Dr Richard Evans, Professor Siyi Fu, His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, Dr David Grant and the Ambassador’s wife Madam Hu Pinghua

The Chinese Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming, visited the University as part of a top-level visit to Wales.

Ambassador Liu discussed the University’s links with China, met Chinese students and gave a talk on China’s links with the world.

He was welcomed to the University by the Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant. Dr Grant and the Ambassador then discussed Cardiff’s growing strategic links with China on education, research, professional training and policy formulation. The talks were also attended by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and International, Professor Hywel Thomas and the two Directors of the University’s Cardiff Confucius Institute, Dr Richard Evans and Professor Siyi Fu.

Ambassador Liu then delivered a lecture on China – Advancing Hand in Hand with the World. He spoke to an audience of around 80, including Cardiff University Chinese students and friends of the Cardiff Confucius Institute, which exists to promote understanding of Chinese language and culture across South Wales. The Ambassador took the opportunity to talk with the University students before being briefed on the School of City and Regional Planning, which has strong links in developing Chinese planning expertise and helping with strategic planning policy. Ambassador Liu was also briefed on the work of the new Sustainable Places Research Institute, which will help create tailored sustainable futures for city regions around the world.

CHINA 1 WEBHis Excellency Mr Liu Xiaoming meets some of Cardiff’s Chinese students

Speaking on his visit to the Cardiff University, Ambassador Liu commented: "It is a pleasure for me to visit Cardiff University, the largest and the best in Wales. I am pleased to know that the University is leading the UK in many fields, and has close cooperation with its Chinese counterparts. The Confucius Institute at the University has also been active in strengthening the mutual understanding of our two countries."

Ambassador Liu briefed his audience on the recently adopted 12th Five Year Plan, a blueprint for China’s economic and social development for the next 5 years, commenting that China’s development will only bring further opportunities for the development and prosperity of Britain and the world. He challenged students of Cardiff University to see China for themselves and experience the real and modern China.

The Ambassador’s visit was part of a two-day visit to Wales co-ordinated by the Welsh Assembly Government. He also met the First Minister, the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, toured two innovative Welsh businesses and viewed the display of ancient Chinese rock carvings currently on display at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.