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Consul General Zheng Xiyuan Meets with Steve Rotheram


On Sept. 20, 2018, Mr. Zheng Xiyuan, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Manchester, met with Mr. Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region on an invited visit to Liverpool. Mr. Gary Millar, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, and Consul General Lyu Xiaomei attended the meeting.

Mr. Rotheram congratulated Zheng on his new post. He said that Liverpool, as the earliest landing site for Chinese in the UK, has the UK's earliest Chinese community organizations, as well as rich and extensive contacts and connections with various parts of China. Mr. Rotheram recalled his visit to Shanghai when he was MP for Liverpool Walton. He hoped that, with the
 support of the Consulate General, they would use the platform of the relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai as Friendship Cities to promote the unique geographical position and resource advantages of Liverpool to the cities of China. In the context of the upcoming post-Brexit era, he proposed that both parties take advantage of the resources of various links between Liverpool and China to seek possible cooperation in various fields such as infrastructure, high-tech, health care, culture and education.

Consul General Zheng thanked Mr. Rotheram for his high regard for exchanges and cooperation with China. He pointed out that Shanghai and Liverpool lie at the East and West ends of the "Maritime Silk Road". The goal of the "One Belt and One Road Initiative" is to create great harmony among the countries along the Eurasian and the rest of the world, to promote mutual development of the countries along the Road, and to build "a community with a shared future for mankind" which will benefit the common prosperity of all peoples. We have made significant economic and social achievements in the past 40 years since China's reform and opening up to the outside world, but there still exist some problems such as unbalanced regional development and urgent need to transform and upgrade urban development. The golden era of Sino-British relations calls for closer local exchanges and cooperation to jointly address the problems of the development in their respective regions. Mr. Zheng said that the Consulate General would continue to actively build a platform for the cooperation of Liverpool with China and undertake to promote local cooperation between the consular district and China.

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