Rugby’s Mark Pawsey will be one of several MPs representing the UK at a parliamentary delegation in China next week, in an effort to build closer ties between the two countries.
The trip runs from Sunday, May 29 to Saturday, June 4 and will focus on continuing to develop the political, economic and cultural links between the UK and China.
UK MPs will also have the chance to meet their Chinese counterparts, as well as business and community leaders.
During the visit, Mark will travel to two provincial capitals in western China - Chengdu and Kunming - to meet with a wide range of commercial, cultural and social organisations. This will include seeing the contribution that the UK has made to supporting investment in China, such as the British designed Chengdu museum.
Mark said: “China is playing an increasingly important role on the world stage, both economically and politically. It is very important that as a country, we engage constructively with China.
“Delegations between our Parliament and our Chinese counterparts are an important way of doing this and I am proud to be representing the UK in China next week.
“The delegation will be visiting a wide range of different groups in China. Alongside local Chinese businesses and UK based businesses operating in China, we will also be visiting Dianchi Lake and the Kunming Waterfall Park to discuss how we can work together to preserve the natural environment – a challenge that spans international borders.”
He added: “Britain has very strong historic links with China and the government has focused on making China a key trading partner. I am looking forward to joining my Parliamentary colleagues to help promote British expertise and build on the strong relationship between our two countries.”