Over the last few days I have been very proud to lead the UK delegation of 11 parliamentarians and other young leaders to the 5th annual UK-China Young Leaders Roundtable. This is a two day annual event organised by the Great Britain China Centre (GBCC) for younger politicians from both sides, organised in partnership with the youth wing of China’s ruling party – the Communist Youth League – which is used by Beijing as a training ground for future leaders.
The 22 strong Chinese delegation was headed up by Vice President of All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) Zhou Changkui.
We were also joined by Vice Premier Liu Yandong, who is the highest-ranking woman in the Chinese government. The Vice Premier has been visiting the UK to take part in the People to People Dialogue (P2P), one of the UK’s key ministerial-level talks with China. She took time out of her busy schedule to attend the Young Leaders Roundtable at the IoD this morning.
Presenting my book “Turning to face the East” to Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong
I was thrilled to hear that the Vice Premier had read my book “Turning to Face the East: How Britain can prosper in the Asian Century” she gave it a ringing endorsement, see below, and I was delighted to offer her a copy!
“I know that in 2014, the Head of the UK Delegation to the Young Leaders Roundtable … Mr Liam Byrne MP published his book “Turning to Face the East – How Britain can Prosper in the Asian Century”, which presents forward-thinking reflections on promoting the healthy development of Sino-British relations, and puts forward constructive suggestions, with wide reaching impact for British society.”