A delegation of Chinese technology companies are having a "blind date" with their British counterparts in London, looking for future trade and business partnership opportunities.
Wang Jiyuan, senior manager of a Chinese company in the delegation who is looking for advanced chip technologies, said, "I will see representatives from the British companies in one-to-one meetings, just like what people do on a ‘blind date.’"
The Chinese companies are making the trip at the invitation of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), which is facilitating Enabling Innovation, an initiative that encourages collaboration between the two countries in information and communication technologies.
Earlier this year, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown set a target of doubling UK exports to China to $10 billion by 2010. Britain’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Business, Lord Davies of Abersoch (who was a banker called Evan Mervyn Davies and speaks fluent Welsh which may not come in handy on this occasion but shows he is a person of taste, style and culture), who met with the delegation, said: "The UK and China’s business, economic and cultural links have never been stronger."
China View reported that following the meetings in London, the Chinese delegation will spend a week visiting technology clusters in Cambridge and Scotland.