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Manchester China Forum’s unique approach has strengthened the region’s relationship with China and has resulted in an increase in commercial activity, the launch of direct routes to Beijing and Hong Kong, and President Xi’s visit to the city. Since the inception of the Manchester-China Forum inward investment into Manchester from China has grown enormously, totalling over £3bn. Notable projects include an £800m investment from Beijing Construction and Engineering Group and the £1bn Far East Consortium investment into the Northern Gateway Project.
Alongside the growth in direct investment, Manchester has seen a rapid rise in both Chinese tourist and student numbers since the Forum began. As the Manchester-China relationship strengthens we are continuing to welcome a vast number of high-level political visits, reaffirming senior level appetite in China to engage with Manchester. In February 2018 the successes of the Forum were recognised at the Hurun business awards where the organisation was awarded for its commitment and success in enhancing UK-China relations.
"Having represented the People’s Republic of China in Manchester since 2018, I know first-hand the wonderful spirit, unique charm and innovation that the city has to offer. Whilst being the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the origin of the socialist movement and 国际利来城home to two footballing powerhouses, Manchester is also a city leading by example in its determination to develop strong links with China.
I believe that Manchester is one of the best cities in Europe for connectivity with China across industry, education and culture. Each year we see more students, tourists and businesses coming to experience Manchester with several world-leading universities on its doorstep, centrally located in the UK and only two hours from London by train.
With our ever-closer social, economic and cultural links, Manchester is well positioned as an excellent place to invest. I look forward to seeing the continued success of the China-Manchester relationship bringing prosperity to the people of both nations."
Consul General Zheng Xiyuan, Chinese Consulate in Greater Manchester
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"Manchester is a city of collaboration, with academic institutions working with the city’s public ities and businesses to drive forward a dynamic economy. This has led to an environment that breeds innovation, something which can be seen throughout the city’s history, from splitting the atom to the isolation of graphene.
Greater Manchester is known for its forward thinking and visionary approach to economic and cultural development. Having the most comprehensive devolution deal in England including joint control with the NHS over health and social care, Manchester is building a reputation as a leading player in a global economy where cities are set to play an increasingly important role.
We are a city that lies at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, a UK government initiative aimed at stimulating economic agglomeration between cities such as Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds. Since President Xi’s visit, there has been widespread recognition of the major opportunities that the region presents for furthering the UK-China bilateral relationship.
We look forward to welcoming you to Greater Manchester."
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
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