Kicking off the landmark Year of the Sheep for Sino-British relations, Prince William launched the first ever UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange, opened the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, and showcased the very “best of British” in sport, conservation, education, the creative industries, and much more.
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- Prince William’s presentation of an official invitation, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, to President Xi Jinping to make a state visit to the UK later this year
- Prince William’s visit to a Shanghai secondary school’s football training session, where he saw Premier Skills, the Premier League’s international development initiative, in action
- Royal Mail Group’s launch of its shop front on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online retailing site
- Ratification of a landmark UK-China film co-production treaty, negotiated for the UK by the BFI, with support from the UK government as well
- Chinese premiere of Paddington at the Shanghai Film Museum as well as the presentation of the earliest film on record of Shanghai, taken from the BFI National Archive, to Chinese film leaders
- BAFTA’s announcement of a new UK-China scholarship programme, which will offer options for financial aid to Chinese and British nationals looking to study film, television, or games as an international student in the UK or China
- De Montfort University’s role as the sole education sponsor for the GREAT Festival, where it exhibited work from a number of its subject areas
- Neil Carberry’s representation of the CBI on an education panel at the GREAT Festival and his later visit to the University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, the first Sino-foreign university to have opened in China
- The British Council’s inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards in China, which honoured the achievements of Chinese alumni who had received their degrees in the UK
- Prince William’s visit to an elephant sanctuary in Southwest China, where he called for greater international efforts on wildlife conservation