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We must tap into rich sea of opportunity
WORCESTER MP Robin Walker says building relationships with growing world economies such as China is the best way Britain can get out of the doldrums.
Mr Walker has just returned from a trip to the Far East with a delegation from Worcestershire to explore trade opportunities.
He spent three days in Canton, a province in Southern China where the capital city Guangzhou has a population of 12 million, before heading to Nanning, a city with six million residents.
He visited large businesses in China and held talks with the Chinese Government’s foreign ministry on international trade links.
He said: “It was very much focused on international trade and in the main, we felt we’ve established a lot of good working relationships.
“The sheer size and scale of the opportunities in China are just staggering – there is a rich sea out there we can tap into. It was the first time I’d been out there since 1997 and what struck me is how remarkably capitalist the country is.
“One of the things I was shown was how they are planning to build a city for 1.5 million people over the next five years – that’s the incredible pace it is developing at.”
He talked to the Chinese Government’s department for education, as well as the department for trade and industry.
He said: “They took me to see a bioscience business at a Chinese technology park, and when I asked them how many people worked at the site, they said, ‘We’ve got 300,000 people based here and another 300,000 who commute in’, making it 600,000.
“I found that incredible, it’s the whole population of Worcestershire.”
The Chinese officials will be drawing up a list of possible twin cities Worcester-shire can be linked with to explore trade opportunities.