The 48 Group Club – ‘The Icebreakers’ 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration, held in partnership with the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce UK (CCCUK) took place on Thursday. This well attended online event included a personal message of greeting from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The welcome address was delivered by FANG Wenjian, Chair of CCCUK.
A keynote speech was delivered by His Excellency ZHENG Zeguang, Ambassador of China, at the start of which the Ambassador read out the message from President Xi.
Stephen Perry, Chair of the 48 Group Club, warmly thanked President Xi for his message and the Ambassador of China for his speech.
This was followed by a speech by Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Chair of CBBC. The Rt Hon Lord Hammond of Runnymede, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, then delivered his address to the gathering. John Edwards, HM Trade Commissioner, British Embassy, Beijing spoke about the prospects for UK-China trade.
In the concluding speech, Stephen Perry thanked all the speakers on behalf of the guests and reflected on the significance of the occasion. This was followed by a cultural component, featuring a Year of the Tiger cooking show, Chinese ballet and songs relating to the upcoming Winter Olympics in China.
The event was well covered in the China Daily and other Chinese media as can be seen from the two articles below:
Xi extends congratulations on ‘Icebreakers’ 2022 Chinese New Year celebration
‘Ice-breaking spirit’ advances China-UK ties
We wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger!
The 48 Group Club