10 June 2011
The Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, met with the British Ambassador to China, His Excellency Sebastian Wood, CMG, in Beijing today (10 June). The meeting was the first of a 6 day trip, which will also involve Assistant Chief Minister, International and UK Relations, Senator Freddie Cohen. Senator Cohen will fly out to join the Chief Minister later today, once he has met his commitments in Jersey.
Today’s meeting, which also included UK Trade and Investment’s Head of China Financial Services, Scott Strain, provided the opportunity for Senator Le Sueur to discuss recent economic developments in China and the possibility for future commercial ties with the country in advance of meetings scheduled for next week. Senators Le Sueur and Cohen will meet with key figures in the business and finance sectors, as well as with government, on Monday 13 June and Tuesday 14 June in Beijing. On Wednesday 15 June, Senator Le Sueur will go on to Shanghai for further meetings, returning to Jersey on Tuesday 21 June. Full details of all meetings will be made available at the earliest opportunity.
Senator Le Sueur commented: “We had a positive meeting today at the British Embassy and the shared expertise of the Ambassador and Mr Strain will prove valuable in our meetings next week. We are here to strengthen diplomatic and commercial relations on behalf of the Island with the world’s fastest growing economy. I am confident that this will, in the future, provide a long-term benefit to Jersey.”
The delegation also includes the Chief Executive of Jersey Finance Limited (JFL), Geoff Cook, and JFL’s Head of Greater China Business Development, Zhaoan Li.