The State Visit: A “Golden Era” for the UK-China Relationship?

Date: Monday, 14th September 2015
Time: 16.00-17.00
Venue: Committee Room 20, House of Commons

Chaired by Lord Clement-Jones (APPCG Deputy Chair)

  • Stephen Lillie (Director for Asia Pacific, Foreign & Commonwealth Office)The UK-China political relationship, including the UK Foreign Office agenda and priorities, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and an overview of the recent FCO six-monthly report on Hong Kong.
  • Professor Shaun Breslin (Director, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick)A macro-level perspective of the key themes that are currently dominating Chinese politics, the implications of these priorities for the UK, and the significance of the “golden era” of UK-China relations.

I am confident that, as our leaders have both said, we do indeed have a ‘golden era’ of relations between our two countries ahead of us. And we in the UK are determined that the State Visit of President Xi this Autumn should herald the dawning of that era.
Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, August 2015 in Beijing

Speakers: Stephen Lillie is head of the Asia-Pacific Directorate at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and former British Ambassador to the Philippines (2009-2013). Stephen Lillie will be joined by Professor Shaun Breslin of Warwick University, a leading British academic expert on Chinese politics and economy, globalisation, regionalism, governance and international political economy. Breslin is co-editor of The Pacific Review and is an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Asia Programme.