China: United Kingdom Trade — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:22 pm on 23rd July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Popat Lord Popat Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 3:22 pm, 23rd July 2014

My Lords, small businesses are the engine of the economy. I am pleased to say that we have a large number of people from UKTI now based in our Chinese embassy. English is an international language, but it is important that they all learn Mandarin as well. Language plays an important part in bridging the gap between us and the Chinese when it comes to trade. I am pleased to say that UKTI is proactive. In fact, one of our embassies that I visited, which was a diplomatic centre, has become more of a business centre, too. Embassies play an important role in enhancing trade, both in China and in other emerging markets.