London has a long-standing relationship with the Chinese people, and not just because of the Chinese community we have here in London. In keeping with this history and the GLA’s statutory duty to promote economic development, the GLA has long worked to promote London overseas, attract inward investment and share knowledge with the Chinese people for the benefit of Londoners. This includes our knowledge sharing around the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games ahead of 2012 and more recently around responding to the pandemic.
Since 2000, when the GLA was established, there have been 27 official visits at Deputy Mayor or senior Mayoral adviser level to China, as follows:
As you will note, of the 27 of delegations from City Hall to China since the GLA was created, four have been since May 2016.