Date of release: Friday, September 25, 2015

 Dr Kai Liu with Jo JohnsonThe highest level meeting between the UK and China to discuss collaboration on education, health and culture has included an exhibition curated by a University of Greenwich academic.

The third China-UK 'people to people (P2P)' dialogue took place at the Old Royal Naval College and was co-chaired by the Chinese Vice-Premier, Liu Yandong, and Jeremy Hunt MP, the UK Health Secretary.

Over 40 government ministers from China and the UK attended, including Yuan Guiren, the Chinese Minister of Education, Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, and Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK.

Dr Kai Liu, Senior Lecturer in Economic Sociology at Greenwich's Business School, says: "It was an honour to be invited to participate such an important meeting. The P2P dialogue discussed the most important issues between the UK and China, including bilateral relationships in the fields of culture, education and health."

The event, hosted in the Painted Hall, included an exhibition curated by Dr Kai Liu, which was opened by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK last year.

The display tells the story of Yan Fu, one of the most important enlightenment thinkers, translators and educators in China, who was among the very first group of Chinese to study at the Royal Naval College between 1877 and 1879.

"The story of Yan Fu is a fitting tribute as his experiences of studying at the Royal Naval College is the very beginning of the cross-cultural encounter between the two countries," adds Dr Liu.

This year's meeting comes ahead of President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK in October – the first of a Chinese president to the UK for ten years.

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Picture: Dr Kai Liu with Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science.