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First steps in China

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By dxw

Iain Ferguson, Chair of the Wilton Park Board, writes:

Every journey, however long, starts with a first step and, on Monday, Wilton Park took its first step in China.

We started with meetings at the Embassy and its key staff who have helped us develop this first China conference. Sebastian Wood, our Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China stressed the importance of this meeting, held with the Communist Party School that trains the Chinese leadership, in the overall context of the Embassy’s work. He, together with Li Jingtian, Executive Vice President at the Party School will open the conference on Tuesday.  China’s rapid growth means that the British Embassy in Beijing is now the number two in the world, second only to Washington.

Yesterday evening, we welcomed our international participants with an informal dinner at which the debate on the subject of the conference “Prosperity in a new world economic order” began.  Already we have had some lively exchanges which bode well for the conference start on Tuesday.

We have been blessed with clear skies and good quality air which has allowed us to see Beijing. Tomorrow we take the second step in Wilton Park’s history in China…….

Another post from Iain in China will be available shortly.

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Ingo-Steven Wais says

Dear Iain and the Wilton Park-Team,your team and you are-in my opinion-completely right in re. of "long-journeys" and so-called 1.st. steps.Personally I 'm thinking that it is important to do one step every day with success-as many important and/or second - rate steps within 24 hrs.-with little or just no success at all.Within this context pls. allow me to "steal" an EU-well known German statement ( by Goethe):"Even the longest way is the real aim /target".(:"Der Weg ist das Ziel").By the way:It is to me a big help if you're metioning/describing links like"China Conference".Just read it twice and you are really up-to-date. Although it 's to me not important at all that the British Embassy in Beijing is-worldwide-#2.If it would be possible I 'd like to know which is the important British Embassy#2.To conclude this comment I just have to add:A good quality air over Beijing is the exception -not the standard. BW,Ingo-Steven Wais, Stuttgart/Cardiff

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Ingo-Steven Wais says

Dear Iain, pls.allow me another short remark:The reports of David (Wild?) are in re. of quality + information not equal but nearly as first-rate as the one's of yr.team and you.BW, Ingo-Steven

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Ingo-Steven Wais says

Dear Iain, and the Wilton Park Team, by reading your report again pls. allow me one "Q.":In re. of this "China Conference" is there a special link, of which I could get more of informations ?It would be very nice, if you could find some time for an answer.BW, Ingo-Steven Wais

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Christina Cornwell-West says

Dear Ingo-Steven, Thanks very much for your comment. Our report for this event is yet to be published, however, we will arrange for this to be sent to you as soon as it becomes available. For further updates on this event, please contact the Programme Director, Adela Gooch. Details can be found at the following link: http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/en/conferences/policy-programmes/key-countries-and-regions/?view=Conference&id=741548582

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