HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 c481W
53. Mr. Litterick

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on the purposes of the visit by an official Chinese Government delegation to the United Kingdom later in May.

Mr. Dell

There are three Chinese high level delegations, headed by Government Ministers and/or Vice-Ministers, in the United Kingdom during May. The first, at my invitation, arrived on 5th May, led by His Excellency Mr. Ku Ming, Vice-Minister of the State Planning Commission. The second arrived on 12th May and is an iron and steel delegation led by His Excellency Mr. Tang Ke, the Minister of Metallurgy. He comes at the invitation of the Secretary of State for Industry. The third delegation arrives at the end of the month and is led by His Excellency Mr. Hsiang Nan, Vice-Minister of the First Ministry of Machine Building. This visit will be to our agricultural machinery industries.

These visits allow the Chinese to be shown the opportunities for closer commercial and technological collaboration between China and the United Kingdom.

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