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Chinese dignitaries visit Thanet

A group of Chinese dignitaries have been in Thanet over the weekend (Saturday 29 August) as part of a visit to the UK.

The delegation included Madam Li Xiaolin, who holds a number of titles, including Vice President of the Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries and Honorary President of the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, and Chairman Hu, the Chairman of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Madame Li Xiaolin is also the youngest daughter of the former Chinese president, Li Xiannian, who was president of China in the 1980s.

The delegation were greeted by a civic party from Thanet at Margate Town Hall, which included Thanet’s three mayors, Vice-Chairman of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Mike Roberts and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr. Roger Latchford OBE and Chief Executive, Richard Samuel.

The delegation was given a presentation on Thanet by Cllr. Latchford. He said: “It was a great honour to welcome the delegation to Thanet and to be given the chance to tell them all about the district and the excellent opportunities on offer here. I was delighted to be able to explain how Thanet is a great place to live, work and enjoy. Our visitors were particularly interested in Thanet’s cultural heritage, particularly our links with Charles Dickens, Rossetti, Pugin and Turner. This visit shows just how serious the Chinese government are about investing in Thanet and the prospect of Chinese industry at the Manston Business Park.”

The whole visit was organised by CGI (China Gateway Investments), with the council responsible for the civic reception.

Publication date: 01 September, 2009

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