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John Gallagher: "British Week in Kunming" urges further cooperation

By : InKunming | Published: 2014-April-15

John Gallagher is on the press conference held on April 14, 2o14 in Kunming. (Photo/ Chen Yingying)

[InKunming--Interviews & Polls]"We want to make a model to the whole China by initiating 'British Week'." John Gallagher, the counselor of Communications Branch of British Embassy in China said in a press conference held on April 14 in Kunming.

According to arrangements of British Consulate-General in Chongqing, the activity "British Week in Kunming" will be carried out from April 14 t0 20, 2014.

"It is the first time for our British Embassy to hold such an activity in China." John Gallagher said.

"Kunming has its location advantage. It is near to Myanmar, Laos, etc. Moreover, the city has a nice air quality which is better than that in Beijing. Although the city is far away from China's widely-known big cities such as Beijing or Shanghai, we still would like to choose Kunming as a start for promoting our extraordinary Great series project. "

In 1940s, a British scientist Joseph Needham had been to Kunming. He met with some Chinese professors and scientists of Southwest Associated University during the anti-Japanese war period.

In 1985, British influential Queen Elizabeth with her husband was invited by Chinese president Li Xiannian at that time to visit Kunming.

Up to now, collaborations between the U.K. and Kunming have been deeply deepened in several fields.

"Direct flight between Chengdu and London was just set up last year. We have updated our visa application service recently. Chinese people are allowed more easily than ever before to acquire the U.K. visa. Data showed that pass rate of Chinese people applying for a visa to the U.K has attained 96%. To apply for a U.K. visa is not as hard as people imagined before." John noted that connections between the two countries are going closer and closer.

"Many British companies have interests to invest in Kunming. The city has many superior conditions to be developed. Through continuous cooperation between the U.K. and Kunming in future, Kunming is very likely to bloom into an international city," said by another officer, Kate Harrisson, the counselor of Bileteral Cooperation and Regional City Engagement Branch of British Embassy in China.

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(Editors: Cathy Chen, Tracy)

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