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Chinese Vice-Premier for Economic Policy Visits Oxford

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The Chinese Vice-Premier for economic policy, Wang Qishan, broke off from this week’s talks in London for a private visit to Oxford University today. His Excellency, The Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China was welcomed by the Chancellor Lord Patten who showed him some of the finest treasures of the Ashmolean Museum. Earlier in the day, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton took Mr Wang on a tour of Begbroke Science and Technology Park in Kidlington.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton formally welcomed Mr Wang to the Begbroke Science and Technology Park where world-class scientists work alongside colleagues from industry, decision-makers and entrepreneurs to translate cutting-edge research into commercial opportunities. Knowledge transfer activities at Begbroke Science Park are led by Professor Peter Dobson, who felt that the visit by Mr Wang was successful and ‘we were able to display the diversity of our site activities well.’ Mr Wang was given a tour of the workshops where he watched demonstrations of impact engineering and materials processing. http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/solidmechhttp://www.materials.ox.ac.uk

Mr Wang was also given a presentation about Isis Innovation, which works with researchers to create spin-out companies. And also briefly visited Magdalen College where he was greeted by the President of Magdalen and shown the Old Library and Chapel.

In the afternoon, Mr Wang also visited the Bodleian Library, one of the most celebrated libraries in the world. The Bodleian has long-held links with China – acquiring its first Chinese book in 1604 and its first Chinese visitor was Shen Fuzong, who came to Oxford in 1687 to catalogue the Bodleian’s Chinese holdings, and was given the opportunity to examine the Selden Map of China, which has recently been the subject of a major collaborative conservation and research project.

Mr Wang is in the UK from 7-10 September for the latest round of the UK-China financial and economic dialogue with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

 

Ben Roeves