The highest level meeting between the UK and China to discuss collaboration on education, health, culture, sport and tourism displayed the Yan Fu exhibition to honour and cement this important historical link between two countries.
The third China-UK ‘people to people (P2P)’ dialogue took place at the Old Royal Naval College and it was co-chaired by the Chinese Vice-Premier, Liu Yandong, and Jeremy Hunt MP, the UK Health Secretary. Over 40 government ministers from China and the UK attended, including Yuan Guiren, the Chinese Minister of Education, Dr Hao Ping, Chinese Vice-Minister of Education and President of 37th UNESCO General Conference, Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of British Council and Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK.
Dr Kai Liu, Chair of YanFu Foundation and his colleagues, installed Yan Fu exhibition one day prior to the conference and also attended meeting on the day, he says: “It was an honour to be invited to participate such an important meeting. The P2P dialogue discussed the most important issues between the UK and China, including bilateral relationships in the fields of culture, education and health.”
Dr. Hao Ping – Chinese Vice-Minister of Education and President of 37th UNESCO General Conference has addressed the conference delegates with a special mentioning of Yan Fu and his first presidency of Peking University. Dr Hao Ping says: “We are delighted to have this important meeting here in such a beautiful and historical building. I used to work at Peking University as a vice president and I researched history of Peking University. It is not exaggerated to say if Yan Fu had never studied at the Royal Naval College, the history would be very different for Peking University and Chinese higher Education”.
Chinese Vice-Premier Madame Liu Yandong was accompanied by the Mr. Brendan McCarthy – CEO of Greenwich Foundation for the ORNC and Dr Kai Liu, chair of YanFu Foundation to view the exhibition with great interests. She says: “Thanks for this thoughtful arrangement, this is just a great example of telling Chinese story to the people in Britain.”