Following the major LinkToChina Guangdong and Macao seminar last week, LinkToChina welcomes today a government delegation from the City of Shantou (Swatow), the coastal city in the eastern part of Guangdong Province.
Led by Vice Mayor of Shantou, Mr. Tongsheng Zheng, the delegation seeks to work with the UK in a wide range of areas and brings with them a number of proposals ranging from infrastructure, retails, regeneration, logistics, agriculture, horticulture, industrial parks, water treatment plant, tourism, and culture projects. Dr Kegang Wu, Executive Director of BCC LinkToChina, discussed with the visitors the interest of British companies in China and various options for working with Guangdong Shantou, including Shantou business doing business in the UK.
Shantou, which has 5 millions plus population, has been one of the four Special Economic Zones in China (the others are Shezhen, Zhuhai and Xiamen) since the 80’s and has established strong manufacturing clusters in toys and giftware, textile and garments, stationeries, wool and silk garments, printing machineries, machineries for consumer goods, and cosmetics.
Well known for its ceremonial tea drinking culture (the Chinese Way of Tea), fine Chaozhou cuisine, silk craftsmanship, and overseas diaspora, Shantou is one of Guangdong’s port cities with a long history of international trade with the UK dated back to 1860.
Well known Chinese from Shantou include Li Kai-shing who invests substantially in the UK recently.