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· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Presents Leading British Scientists with R-Visas(2018-04-04)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with David Lidington, UK Minister for the Cabinet Office(2018-03-27)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the 17th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students UK Regional Final(2018-03-26)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the London Chinese Investor Reception(2018-03-23)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Editor of the Economist(2018-03-20)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Sixth Annual CBBC China Business Conference(2018-03-16)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Reception and Performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company(2018-03-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Celebration of Welsh Trade in the UK(2018-03-06)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Attends Chinese New Year Celebration Concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra(2018-03-04)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group(2018-03-03)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends Gala Chinese New Year Banquet 2018 Hosted by Chinese for Labour(2018-03-03)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the 2018 Chinese New Year Dinner Hosted by the Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association(2018-03-02)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labor Party(2018-02-27)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends APPCG Chinese New Year Reception 2018(2018-02-23)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends CBI Chinese New Year Dinner 2018(2018-02-23)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Dr Lisa Cameron, Member of Parliament of the Scottish National Party(2018-02-22)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Attend the 2018 Chinese New Year Reception hosted by Prime Minister May at Downing Street(2018-02-22)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds Talks with Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times(2018-02-21)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends Chinese New Year Celebration at Trafalgar Square(2018-02-19)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Douglas Flint, the UK Treasury's Belt and Road Envoy(2018-02-15)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Attend Chinese New Year Dinner 2018 Jointly-hosted by the 48 Group Club and the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK(2018-02-13)
· Chinese Embassy in the UK Holds Chinese New Year Reception for China-UK Education Partners(2018-02-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition "China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors" at National Museums Liverpool(2018-02-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds Talks with Niblett, Director of Chatham House, and Other Experts(2018-02-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Madam Hu Pinghua Attend the 2018 Chinese New Year Gala of Chinese Students in the UK(2018-02-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Opening Ceremony of the London Branch of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank(2018-02-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Yeung Yun-hung, Secretary for Education of HKSAR Government(2018-01-24)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends China-UK Economic and Trade Forum and China Chamber of Commerce in the UK 2018 Gala Dinner(2018-01-19)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Host Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and Wife at Residence(2018-01-18)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds Talks with Renowned British Experts(2018-01-17)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of the City of London(2018-01-09)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum(2018-01-06)
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Presents Leading British Scientists with R-Visas
2018/04/04

Ambassador Liu presenting R-visas to Lord Bhattacharyya (left) and Professor Sanders (right)

On April 3, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming presented high-level foreign talents visas (R-visas) to the Rt Hon. Lord Sushanta Kumar Bhattacharyya FRS, Chairman and Founder of the Warwick Manufacturing Group and Professor Dale Sanders FRS, Director of the John Innes Centre at a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy.

Ambassador Liu said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, when the country is laying out new plans for further opening-up on all fronts. As President Xi Jinping said, “Development is the top priority, talents are the primary resources, and innovation is the primary driving force”, China is opening up its market to more overseas talents. The latest such effort is the R-visas, which will facilitate the country’s cooperation with others on scientific and technological innovation, demonstrate its sincerity and hospitality towards overseas talents, and meet its practical need for leapfrog development of scientific and technological innovation and higher level of opening-up. Last year, China and the UK signed The China-UK Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation, drawing a new blueprint and offering greater potential, broader space and better prospects for China-UK cooperation in relevant fields.

Ambassador Liu expressed appreciation to the two scientists for their outstanding contribution over the years to China-UK scientific and technological cooperation. He encouraged them to continue working with their Chinese partners to achieve more results and serve the peoples of the two countries.

Lord Bhattacharyya and Professor Sanders thanked Ambassador Liu for representing the Chinese government to present the R-visas to them, as the first British scientists to be granted such honour. They spoke highly of the booming scientific and technological innovation in China, while happily recalled their cooperation with Chinese scientists in recent years. The R-visas would facilitate such cooperation, they said and expressed their expectation that with the joint efforts of the two sides, the China-UK cooperation in science and technology would bear more win-win fruits.

After the ceremony, Lord Bhattacharyya and Professor Sanders gave interviews to China Central Television, Xinhua News Agency and China Daily. They said that they would work actively for new progress in China-UK scientific and technological cooperation, and inspire more British and Chinese researchers, particularly young talents, to participate in the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

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R-visas are issued by the Chinese government to foreigners who are high-level experts or whose skills are urgently needed in China. On November 2017, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security jointly announced The Measures for the Implementation of the Visa System for Foreign Talents. It was the first time that the Chinese Embassy in the UK presented R-visas to British experts.

Lord Bhattacharyya is a renowned scientist in material science and a fellow of the Royal Society. In 2017, he was issued the Certificate of Friendship by the Chinese government.

Professor Sanders is a renowned botanist and also a fellow of the Royal Society. He leads the John Innes Centre which enjoys long-term partnership with Chinese Academy of Science.

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