“In 2020, UK hopes to deepen trade and investment cooperation, especially in financial services, energy, science and technology, transportation, education and medical industry, as well as people-to-people exchanges with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.”
Jo Hawley, British Consul-General in Guangzhou, noted that South China is a region full of vitality and opportunities. She made the remark when sharing 2020 work arrangements with media friends at the tea party on January 15th.
Jo Hawley, British Consul-General in Guangzhou. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Statistics show that 98% Chinese applicants are granted British visas. From January to September 2019, UK issued about 750,000 visas for Chinese applicants, an increase of 19% on a year on year basis and Guangdong accounting for 129,360 cases.
The bilateral trade volume between China and the UK continued to grow in 2019. By the end of the third quarter of last year, the trade volume reached ￡ 75.7 billion, an year-on-year increase of 15.4%.